After being allowed back into their facility on Saturday, the Tennessee Titans suffered another COVID-19 related setback a day later after a staff member has tested positive.
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) October 11, 2020
The Titans have a league-high 22 players or staff with active COVID cases (after rookie Isaiah Wilson and DB Greg Mabin were removed from the COVID-19 list), and finally had two consecutive days of no new positives on Friday and Saturday before being allowed back to their practice facility.
The NFL’s battle with the virus has expanded further than Tennessee Titans organization. The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos game had to be postponed until next week due to positive COVID tests within the Patriots organization.
Broncos-Patriots game is being moved to next Sunday, sources tell ESPN.
Broncos were supposed to play Miami; that won’t happen. That game is being rescheduled.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2020
The NFL has started more intense contact tracing within the Tennessee Titans organization. It is possible that the game could still be played if Sunday’s case has no impact on the rest of the organization.
Contact tracing is underway to determine if the #Titans‘ latest COVID-19 case — a coach, who wasn’t in the building for nearly 2 weeks — is related to its outbreak … and whether Tuesday’s game against the #Bills can move forward. @NFLGameDay @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/OGdKxXxkDi
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 11, 2020
The interesting thing about the #Titans new positive test is that this result would have come from yesterday morning’s testing *before* they re-opened the facility. So the new positive had nothing to do with them returning to the facility.
— Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) October 11, 2020
However, with the NFL allowing the Tennessee Titans back into the facility on Saturday, it is hard to imagine that no one else had close contact with the infected assistant coach.
NFL will make a decision in next few hours about Bills-Titans game set for Tuesday.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 11, 2020
It will be interesting to see if the NFL moves the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills game to a week 18, or cancel the game altogether, if the contact tracing proves that more players could be affected.
TITANS-BILLS GAME A GO
The Titans and Bills Tuesday night game appears to be a go, despite Sunday morning’s positive test.
NFL currently plans to keep the Bills-Titans game on Tuesday barring new developments, per source.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 11, 2020
The Titans also activated defensive lineman DaQuan Jones and long snapper Beau Brinkley from the COVID list, dropping their total number on the list to 20.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 11, 2020
This article will be updated as more information regarding Titans-Bills is made available.
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