Former Missouri State and Logan-Rogersville star Dylan Cole has been placed on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list.
Houston Texans interim head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters on Thursday that the linebacker will have to sit out due to contact tracing. Linebacker Jacob Martin tested positive for COVID-19 and tracing determined Cole and Whitney Mercilus were “at risk.”
Cole and Mercilus will miss Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They will have to self isolate for at least five days and have negative tests.
Cole has played in six of the Texans’ seven games so far this season. He was activated after Week 1 after fully recovering from an ACL tear he suffered last season. He is a team captain and has three solo tackles and three assisted tackles so far this season.
He is currently playing on a one-year, $2.1 million contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. Cole’s future with the Texans is unclear due to his injury history in addition to Houston eventually hiring a new coaching staff and front office following the firing of head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien.
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