NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans (3-0) got a rare moment of positive news Friday morning. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that there were no new positive COVID-19 test results among players for coach Mike Vrabel’s team.
Two more positives on Thursday brought the total number of Tennessee players, coaches and staffers infected with the coronavirus since Sept. 29.
Paul Kuharsky reported that the Titans were informed on Sept. 29 that in-person gatherings had been banned because of the organization’s ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Any informal workouts the following day were unauthorized and a violation of the NFL’s virus-related protocols.
Kuharsky reported that a group of Titans players held a workout at Montgomery Bell Academy on Sept. 30, one day after the organization closed its facility. Tennessee players maintain that they were not informed in writing of the league’s decision to keep them separated outside of the facility until Oct. 1.
But where does the Titans organization stand amid a league investigation into protocols?
Silence leads to speculation
Something clearly went wrong in Saint Thomas Sports Park, Tennessee’s practice facility.
What the NFL and Players Association discover over the course of their investigation into Nashville’s franchise may not conclude for days or weeks to come. In the meantime, Vrabel and GM Jon Robinson have remained silent. Team PR informed media that there would be some time of availability on Saturday.
There are at least three questions that must be answered by whichever member of the organization takes the virtual stand.
- What COVID-19 violations, specifically, are the Titans under investigation for by the NFL and NFLPA?
- Which players attended the gatherings outside of the facility after the league told Tennessee not to?
- Who accepts the responsibility for the holes in the timeline that exist between the time the NFL informed the Titans to gather and when the players were instructed by the Tennessee not to hold outside workouts?
Assuming no more positive tests, the Titans remain on track to host the Buffalo Bills (4-0) in the first Tuesday Night Football game in a decade. For the front-facing members of the organization, the only way to course-correct this COVID-19 disaster is transparency.