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Early today, the Texans placed DB Eric Murray on the COVID-19 list, which will make him unavailable to play today and likely next week — possibly ending his 2020 season with the Texans. Houston’s secondary continues to take a beating, as Murray’s absence now adds to a list that has FS Justin Reid on Injured Reserve and a whole bunch of other cornerbacks out with injuries and suspensions.

To address that shortcoming, CB Anthony Chesley has been elevated to the active roster and is active for today’s game against the Bengals.

On Christmas Day, the Texans also placed LB Whitney Mercilus on the COVID list.

Here’s an official list of inactives for the Texans this afternoon:

With Duke Johnson and C.J. Prosise out for a second consecutive week, expect Buddy Howell and Scottie Phillips to get some carries out of the backfield behind David Johnson.

CB Phillip Gaines is also out, further depleting Houston’s wounded secondary. However, rookie CB John Reid is available today after missing last week with a neck injury. Reid should get a decent amount of playing time today with all of his compadres in the secondary in street clothes.

As for the Bengals...

It won’t be a Randy Bullock revenge game today. He’s out and Austin Seibert will handle the kicking duties for Cincinnatti today.

WR Tyler Boyd is also inactive. That’s a big loss for QB Brandon Allen as his top receiving weapon is down. It’s a good sign for the Texans, but they’ll have to handle a larger load from rookie prodigy Tee Higgins.

Kickoff is in less than 90 minutes. Stick around throughout the day on Battle Red Blog for more coverage.