The Texans have activated Murray from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Murray wasn't able to play in the final two matchups of the regular season because of the league's COVID-19 protocols. While it is unclear whether the safety contracted the virus, he is now able to rejoin the Texans.
Murray was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday. Murray won't play in Sunday's game against the Bengals. This will be his first missed game of the season. Murray's produced a career-high 71 tackles through 14 games to go along with two sacks and two pass breakups. Jonathan Owens and A.J. Moore will cover for him at strong safety in Week 16.
Murray recorded a team-high 11 tackles and two sacks on blitzes in Sunday's 36-7 loss to the Bears. This was not the finest hour for the Texans defense, which allowed Mitch Trubisky and the Bears' offense to shred them. The sacks were the first of the season for Murray, who now has a career-high 66 tackles in 13 games.
Murray had seven tackles in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1. Murray is part of a revamped secondary, which was a sore spot in 2019. The unit held up well considering Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes was rarely under pressure. The issues on defense were an inability to stop the running game, limited pressure and missed tackles.
Murray agreed to a three-year deal potentially worth $20.25 million with the Texans on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Murray played in only three games following Cleveland's Week 7 bye last season due to a knee injury, and he finished the year with 24 tackles (15 solo), one sack and one pass defensed in nine games. The 26-year-old started 11 of 45 games over the previous three seasons with the Chiefs before being shipped to the Browns in April 2019.
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