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NFL power rankings 8.0: Steelers rise to No. 1 spot
SportsPulse: For the first time this season, and the first time in a long time, the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken the number one spot in the power rankings. Mackenzie provides the biggest risers and fallers of the week.
The Houston Texans are closing down their team facility Wednesday after a player tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced.
The Texans are on their bye week after a 35-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday dropped the team to 1-6 on the season.
“Late last night, we received notice that a Texans player tested positive for COVID-19,” the Texans said Wednesday in a statement. “In accordance with NFL protocols, the player immediately self-isolated and our Infection Control Officer and other members of the Infection Response Team began working with the NFL to perform contact tracing. Our facility will be closed today to players for deep cleaning.
“We are in close consultation with the NFL, as well as our team of independent doctors and specialists, and will follow their guidance regarding our scheduled bye week operations. The health and safety of our team, as well as our entire staff, are of highest priority.”
Houston is placing offensive guard Max Scharping on the COVID-19 reserve list on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson reports. Players can be placed on the list either after testing positive for COVID-19 or after having close contact with someone who was infected.
The Texans face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 8.
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