Positive COVID tests shut down two National Football League teams

Ruben Hill
October 1, 2020

Three players - defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson - were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday as the National Football League shut down the team facility.

Coaches game-planned Tuesday from remote locations and met with players virtually on Wednesday, which would normally be the first day of the practice week. The Minnesota complex will remain closed at least through Wednesday. Minnesota will take the same steps Tennessee will leading up to their game against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The primary consideration is the health of Titans players and their families, and the facility is locked down until further notice. Keep it on the Fanatic and well give updates as we get them!

"So Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday are critical days for us", Sugarman added. The prospect of a team facing a competitive disadvantage because of the virus was not a surprise to Tomlin. "So we all proceeded with that understanding".

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo reported no positive cases have come out of Minnesota. "The Titans will suspend in-person activities starting today". No member of the Vikings has tested positive. Officials and others who worked the game will be tested.

The NFL's COVID-19 testing protocol requires individuals who tested positive to have two additional tests to confirm if the initial positive test result was accurate. "We will have more information tomorrow". The suggestion is to move the Titans-Steelers game to Week 7 (with both getting their bye in Week 4), have the Steelers play the Ravens in Week 8 and give Baltimore a Week 7 bye.

Outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen was the first to test positive, with the Titans learning Saturday of his results.

The NFL can handle one positive test here and there, but an outbreak inside any locker room could derail the season.

Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward posted on Twitter that if the game were postponed, players would be compromised in their preparation for the following week. We're ready to live that out. The Vikings also closed their team facilities Tuesday.

"We've worked on short weeks before", Vrabel said.

Tennessee already had two players on reserve/COVID-19 - offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson since September 6 and practice-squad cornerback Greg Maybin since Thursday.

Both Spielman and Sugarman credited the league and the NFL Players Association for having a strong plan in place. It's time for an early start on the next opponent: Buffalo Bills on October 11 in Nashville.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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