The Texans are cancelling planned team practices after players complained of feeling unwell after practice the previous week.
The NFL team issued a statement on Saturday night, saying it had ended practice while considering the players’ concerns. Players had indicated the cause of their illness could be “food or nutrition issues”.
“As a team we took time to conduct an evaluation of our practice routine and are adjusting our daily routine to reflect the desire to provide our players with optimum hydration, nutrition and overall well-being,” the statement read.
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Although the team did not state the reasons for the delay or cancellation of practices, several players have reported being under the weather during the past week. The group includes Houston’s Arian Foster, Chris Thompson and Chris Paul and Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis, among others.
Cases of players feeling unwell and at risk for the flu have been on the rise in recent weeks. Davis wrote on his Instagram Story on Friday that he was sick after practicing.
“My body is not feeling so hot today. I’m actually feeling ill,” he wrote. “No excuses. It’s something I’ve been fighting and now it’s too late to fix.”
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Before the end of the season in 2018, Houston was forced to move up their scheduled day off to Wednesday after dealing with issues with players feeling ill on the Monday after their day off the previous Tuesday.
This year Houston will be closing their headquarters and practice facility, on the east side of Houston, due to renovations.