Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Titans is being postponed per multiple sources. They are considering all options to reschedule, Monday night as one of them. This will all be based on test results.**********
NFL wants to and intends to play the Tennessee Titans-Pittsburgh Steelers game as scheduled Sunday…The backup plan would be to play the game on Monday night….
NFL wants to and intends to play the Titans-Steelers game as scheduled Sunday; one of the contingency plans to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to occur would be to move the game to Monday night, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2020
Tennessee Titans reportedly record eight new positive COVID-19 tests, team shuts down activities, NFL releases statement
The Titans and Vikings have been forced to shut down in-person activities for the foreseeable future
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The NFL may be up against its most serious COVID-19-related challenge yet, as a potential outbreak has caused two teams to suspend in-person club activities for the week. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Tennessee Titans had three new player positives and five new personnel positives for COVID-19. Since they played at the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, both teams will suspend all in-person club activities starting Tuesday.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, a league source said on Tuesday that they are “shutting Tennessee down until Saturday,” which means no Titans coaches or players can be in the building. As for the Steelers, they are preparing to play Sunday as of now until told otherwise. Titans coaches have told players that they will be prepared to face the Steelers, even if they are unable to physically meet as a team until Saturday’s walkthrough, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo.
Following this report, the Titans released a statement confirming that they had received multiple positive tests.
“Out of abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus. Several tests have come back positive and (we) are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow.”
The NFL and NFLPA released a statement of their own, saying that both the Titans and Vikings are working closely with the league to weather this potential storm.
“On Tuesday morning, the Titans COVID testing results returned three new player positives and five new personnel positives. The Titans will suspend in-person club activities starting today. Likewise, the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities. Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments. All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”
On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared a copy of the email that NFL commission Roger Goodell sent to team presidents and executives. Goodell says that the players and staff members who have tested positive are being isolated and carefully monitored. The league has also reviewed contact tracing data which includes members who worked the game in Minnesota last Sunday as well as the officials from the matchup. The NFL is exploring in more detail the nature of the close contacts to determine where they occurred and identify any additional learnings that can be shared with all clubs.
The Titans say that they will need to “confirm” the positive tests since the league has already dealt with an abundance of false positives this offseason. Back in August, a total of 77 positive tests for COVID-19 came back to 11 teams. After further review, it was concluded that these were false positive tests, and all of the original tests were rerun with each sample coming back negative for the coronavirus. Jon R. Cohen, M.D., the Executive Chairman of BioReference Laboratories, the testing partner of the NFL, released a statement explaining that these false-positives were due to an isolated contamination in the New Jersey lab.
“We have been in contact with the NFL regarding the positive COVID-19 tests with the Tennessee Titans,” the Steelers’ statement read, per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. “We have been informed to proceed with our game preparations for Sunday’s game until we are informed otherwise. We will provide more information when it becomes available.”
Since releasing the statement, the Steelers have relayed that coach Mike Tomlin will speak at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening to provide an update on the plan for this Sunday. As of now, the expectation is both the Steelers and Titans will meet as planned for their scheduled Week 4 game.