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Reports: Texans Cancel Workout With Earl Thomas, Will Not Pursue Signing Him

The roller coaster comes crashing back down.

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The halcyon days of yesterday, where it appeared your Houston Texans were on the verge of signing Earl Thomas III, are over. Today, in the harsh light of Tuesday, word from multiple reporters is that the Texans have canceled their planned workout of the former Seahawks and Ravens safety and will not sign him after all.

Whether this change of plan was motivated more by the sudden question of whether the Texans will actually host the Vikings on Sunday, concerns about what was found during Thomas’ physical, or the simple desire to take a different path toward addressing the holes in their defense, I don’t know. It’s also possible that Bill O’Brien & Co. change tack again. We’ll update as events warrant.

UPDATE: Via Instagram, Earl Thomas says his canceled workout at NRG Park was due entirely to a shutdown after what happened with the Titans and Vikings.

UPDATE II: Bill O’Brien says the cancellation was because the Texans, after being contacted by the league yesterday morning in the wake of the positive COVID-19 tests in Tennessee, didn’t want the players they brought in for tryouts to get stuck in Houston while the situation with the Vikings and whether the Week Four game at NRG Stadium would go forward as scheduled gets sorted out.