NASHVILLE — Tennessee Titans’ (3-0) outside linebacker coach and defensive play-caller Shane Bowen did not travel to Minnesota for the team’s Week 3 game against the Vikings, multiple sources told AtoZ Sports Nashville and Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com in a joint report.

Head coach Mike Vrabel confirmed Monday that they found out Bowen would need to be placed in COVID-19 protocol on Saturday morning before the team traveled.

“We’ve followed all the protocols as it relates to COVID,” Vrabel said. “We’re not into timetables as it relates to return to play for players or coaches.”

Sep 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel talks with strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (24) after a blown play at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive assistant Matt Edwards took over outside linebacker responsibilities with Bowen down and special teams coordinator took on a few more game day responsibilities while Vrabel could focus on the defense. Vrabel said that it did not change up his in-game functions much, though.

Tennessee gave up 464 yards of net yardage to the Vikings (0-3) in a win but improved their defensive efficiency on 3rd and 4th down. The Titans also lead the league in turnover differential (+5) before Monday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens.

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