The Titans returned eight positive COVID-19 test results — three players and five personnel — Tuesday morning leading into Week 4, according to a statement released by the NFL. The Titans played against the Vikings in Week 3, placing two different games in doubt for Week 4 of the NFL season. The Titans are scheduled to host the Steelers at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, but reports indicate that the NFL is considering canceling that contest.
Through the first three weeks of the season, there hadn’t been any concerns about game cancellations due to COVID-19. The NFL has some built-in scheduling flexibility thanks to each team having a bye week, although the Titans and Steelers do not share a common bye week. Because moving schedules could influence more than just these teams, the NFL will likely make an official determination on the Titans-Steelers game sooner rather than later.
Sporting News will update the latest developments on this topic as they happen.
Roger Goodell sends memo to teams
(Sept. 29): NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to the NFL’s teams Tuesday afternoon, urging them to revisit their COVID-19 protocols to find ways to minimize risk wherever possible. The memo read, in part, “These results confirm the need to remain diligent in implementing all of our health and safety protocols to the fullest extent.”
Rescheduling speculated for bye weeks
(Sept. 29): NFL pundits on Twitter have reached the same conclusion when it comes to how this game should be rescheduled. The Steelers are scheduled to play the Ravens in Week 7, when the Titans have a bye, and the Steelers and Ravens both have their bye scheduled in Week 8. 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.
Titans close facility through Saturday
(Sept. 29): “Out of the abundance of caution,” the Titans said in a statement, “the organzation has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus.” Multiple reports have indicated that the Titans are closing their team facility until Saturday, which as scheduled right now, is one day prior to their game against the Steelers. Pittsburgh is preparing for Sunday’s game as usual until they hear otherwise.
Eight Titans test positive for COVID-19
(Sept. 29): The Titans announced Tuesday that three of their players and five of their personnel tested positive in their Monday COVID-19 tests. The players have been asymptomatic as of Tuesday morning, according to ESPN. The Titans were already without defensive playcaller Shane Bowen for Sunday’s game against the Vikings due to COVID-19 protocol. Bowen didn’t make the trip to Minnesota after getting test results back Saturday. Tennessee also has been missing offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, who was placed into COVID-19 protocol earlier this month.