After going through the first half of the season unscathed, the Houston Texans have been bum rushed by injuries. Brennan Scarlett was placed on an Injured Reserve after suffering a a fractured forearm in the win last week, as was Kyle Emmanuel with a concussion.
Texans placing linebackers Brennan Scarlett (fractured forearm) and Kyle Emanuel (concussion) on injured reserve, according to league sources— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 9, 2020
In order to replace Scarlett, the Texans claimed Nate Orchard off waivers. Orchard is a former second round pick from the 2015 NFL Draft who lasted three seasons with Cleveland before moving around the league the last two years. He has six career sacks.
Texans claim outside linebacker Nate Orchard off waivers from Washington football team. Former Browns second-round pick from Utah has 85 career tackles, six sacks https://t.co/egPaDPQ5E5)— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 9, 2020
The good news is the Texans are getting a horde of players back after dealing with a COVID-19 scare last week. Max Scharping, Whitney Mercilus, and Dylan Cole are back in the building, but Jacob Martin will need more time in isolation before he can suit up again.
Romeo Crennel said he expects Max Scharping (COVID-19) back in building tomorrow or Wednesday along with Whitney Mercilus, Dylan Cole, will take longer for Jacob Martin— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 9, 2020
Scharping could play as early this week if Senio Kelemete is still feeling the effects from the concussion he had during the Jags game. In any event, this should mean the end of Brent Qvale.
The Texans play the Browns this Sunday at 12 p.m. For their part, Cleveland should be getting Nick Chubb back, but Baker Mayfield’s status is up in there after he went on the COVID-19 list. We’ll have more updates as the week progresses and we continue our long, sad march to Sunday.