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Texans had false positive COVID-19 tests, retests all negative

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 9/28/2020 Aaron Wilson
a black helmet: HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 26: A view of the helmet sticker honoring Robert C. McNair, the late owner of the Houston Texans, is shown prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on November 26, 2018 in Houston, Texas. © Bob Levey, Getty Images HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 26: A view of the helmet sticker honoring Robert C. McNair, the late owner of the Houston Texans, is shown prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on November 26, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

The Texans dealt with a batch of false positive COVID-19 tests for multiple players in advance of Sunday's road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.

Subsequent retests were all negative and no one's status was affected for the game at Heinz Field.

"The system worked," a source said.

The Texans haven't had any positive COVID-19 tests or players placed on the reserve-COVID-19 list since reporting for training camp after several players tested positive during the summer. Testing is administered by BioReference Laboratories for all NFL teams.

Texans chairman and chief executive officer Cal McNair has invested in significant facility upgrades at NRG Stadium, instituting medical-grade cleaning standards, touchless door-opening technology and other advancements.

The Texans plan to host up to 13,300 fans on Sunday at NRG Stadium for their game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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