The Titans returned eight positive COVID-19 test results – Three players and five staff – Tuesday morning leading into Week 4, according to a statement released by the NFL. The Titans played against the Vikings in Week 3, putting two different games in doubt for Week 4 of the NFL season. The Titans are scheduled to welcome the Steelers at 1 pm Sunday, Oct. 4, however report indicate that the NFL plans to cancel that contest.
During the first three weeks of the season, there had been no concern about the game being canceled due to COVID-19. The NFL has some integrated planning flexibility thanks to every team that has a week of goodbyes, even if the Titans and Steelers don’t share a week of common farewell. Because moving players could influence more than just these teams, the NFL will likely make an official determination on the Titans-Steelers game sooner or later.
Sporting News updates the latest developments on this subject as they happen.
Reprogrammed speculated for weeks goodbye
(September 29): The NFL pundits on Twitter have come to the same conclusion when it comes to how this game should be reprogrammed. The Steelers are scheduled to play the Ravens in Week 7, when the Titans have a farewell, and the Steelers and Ravens have their farewell scheduled for Week 8. The suggestion is to move the Titans-Steelers game to Week 7 (with both getting their farewell in Week 4), having the Steelers play the Ravens in Week 8 and giving Baltimore a Week 7 farewell.
Titans closed the installation until Saturday
(September 29): “Out of the abundance of prudence,” the Titans said in a statement, “the organization decided to work remotely today while following NFL protocols regarding the COVID-19 virus.” Multiple reports have indicated that the Titans will close out their team until Saturday, which as expected now, is a day before their game against the Steelers. Pittsburgh is preparing for Sunday’s game as usual until they feel otherwise.
Eight Titans tested positive for COVID-19
(September 29): The Titans announced Tuesday that three of their players and five of their staff have tested positive in their COVID-19 tests on Monday. The players have been asymptomatic since Tuesday morning, according to ESPN. The Titans were already without defender Shane Bowen for Sunday’s game against the Vikings due to the COVID-19 protocol. Bowen did not make the trip to Minnesota after getting test results Saturday. Tennessee also missed offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, who was placed on COVID-19 protocol earlier this month.