Titans have NFL's 1st COVID-19 outbreak; next game still on

Ruben Hill
October 1, 2020

If you have any Steelers or Titans in your anticipated starting lineup this week, make sure to continue staying informed on the situation, but it appears likely that a game will be played between the two teams this week.

But now the league must find a way to adjust, not only to play this Titans-Steelers game down the road but, most importantly, to prevent an outbreak to any other teams. The Vikings hosted the Titans on Sunday in Minneapolis and the team's facility was closed Tuesday and Wednesday. No Vikings have tested positive for COVID-19.

Despite the news, the National Football League still plans for the team to play its Week Four fixture against the Steelers on Sunday, with Titans coaches telling players they likely have to go without any in-person work until Saturday, Garafolo reported. "Nobody's to blame. We're in a pandemic", Vrabel said. We are proceeding to play not on Sunday, but potentially Monday or Tuesday.

The game has been in doubt since Tuesday after eight members of Titans' organization - three players and five staff members - tested positive for the coronavirus.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel is scheduled to talk to reporters Wednesday morning. Those individuals have been isolated and will receive additional testing.

Contact tracing data has been reviewed to identify any close contacts of players and staff who have tested positive.

Game officials who worked Sunday's Titans-Vikings game have been contacted for followup testing and monitoring.

The NFL has been fining coaches and teams when coaches have violated league rules requiring face coverings during games. "Nothing, I think, out of the ordinary, we anticipate that they will feel better shortly", he said. That doesn't include outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen whose positive result came back last Saturday, preventing him from traveling with Tennessee to Minnesota for a 31-30 win.

The league is expected to reschedule the game for Monday or Tuesday night.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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