Reich explained that they needed to bring in WR Krishawn Hogan for depth and that the team still had a positive opinion of QBChad Kelly: “We still love Chad, who knows (on a possible return). He works as hard as anybody in this building. We still think very highly of Chad.” (Kevin Bowen)
Reich on the team signing DL Ron’dell Carter: “Chris and his staff have had their eye on him. He fits us, fits our style of play. … He’s very strong.” (Joel A. Erickson)
Reich has high praise for Bears’ QB Nick Foles: “He’s a fearless competitor. He’s not tied up mentally or emotionally with failure. A great deep ball thrower, fearless in the pocket, and a magician with the ball. That being said … I like our defense.” (Zak Keefer)
Texans’ HC Bill O’Brien explained what transpired with free agent SEarl Thomas: “We had a bunch of guys in here ready to workout. Instead of keeping those guys holed up in a hotel — potentially for several days — we decided to cancel the workouts, several workouts. Earl Thomas is a hell of a player, great career … We’ll see how it goes moving forward I have a lot of respect for Earl.” (Aaron Reiss)
Adam Schefter reports that Thomas’ agents said O’Brien was told by the NFL to cancel their scheduled workout with the veteran due to virus concerns.
O’Brien added that he doesn’t expect CB Gareon Conley and WR Isaiah Coulter to be removed from injured reserve this week. (Aaron Wilson)
O’Brien also said the Texans have been told by the league that they are expected to play against the Titans on Sunday. (Sarah Barshop)
Tom Pelissero reports that the Titans had another player test positive for COVID-19, but all other tests came back negative.
Titans’ HC Mike Vrabel addressed the COVID-19 situation on the team: “Some of the players that tested positive are experiencing flu-like symptoms. The players that haven’t are in a good mental state. They are strong, resilient.” (Turron Davenport)
Vrabel added that there are a limited amount of trainers who are able to treat players: “Right now all they can do is treat when we ask them to treat and be in meetings when we ask them to be in meetings.” (Davenport)
Vrabel knows that nobody is to blame for the situation and that things like this were, unfortunately, going to happen: “Nobody is to blame. We’re in a pandemic. Jon and I feel comfortable that we have followed protocols to the letter. It’s one we feel we will be able to handle safely.” (Terry McCormick)
Vrabel reiterated the team’s status when it comes to evaluating their injured or infected players: “They will be in treatment three times today. I’m very confident that the trainers will work diligently to get our players healthy. When it’s time to evaluate them on the field, we’ll see where they are at.” (McCormick)
As for their rescheduled matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vrabel says that the team should be prepared for a game on Monday: “We are preparing to play the football game as early as Monday…I’m confident the league will allow us some time to practice and…move forward with the game.” (Michael Giardi)