The Texans have placed starting defensive end Jon Greenard, their top pass rusher, and starting left offensive guard Lane Taylor on the reserve-COVID-19 list after he tested positive, meaning they'll play the Jacksonville Jaguars without both starting guards Sunday.
Greenard leads the Texans with a career-high eight sacks. Without Greenard, a former third-round draft pick from Florida, the Texans will lean heavily on Jacob Martin and Jordan Jenkins, who was activated from injured reserve-designated for return, after missing time with a torn posterior cruciate ligament.
Starting right guard Justin McCray was already on the reserve-COVID-19 list and will be replaced by Max Scharping.
Taylor joined linebackers Kamu Grugier-Hill and Christian Kirksey, safety A.J. Moore, corner Terrance Mitchell, safety Terrence Brooks, McCray, injured defensive end DeMarcus Walker and practice squad running back Jaylen Samuels and cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc on the reserve-COVID-19 list.
The Texans could have Cole Toner step in at guard. They also have center Jimmy Morrissey available.
The Texans elevated safeties Grayland Arnold, cornerback T.J. Green, tight end Paul Quessenberry, defensive end Chris Smith, offensive tackle Jordan Steckler, linebacker Connor Strachan, wide receiver Jordan Veasy from the practice squad and activated Jenkins