The NFL announced on Tuesday that three Titans players and five team members have tested positive for the coronavirus. All three players – starting tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and training squad tight winger Tommy Hudson – have been placed on the reserve / COVID-19 roster. Those who tested positive had been asymptomatic since Tuesday morning, a source told Graziano.
The Titans have closed their team facilities until Saturday.
While no official decision has been made regarding the Titans’ game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville, the NFL wants and intends to play that game as planned, a source told Adam Schefter on Tuesday. ‘ESPN. One of the contingency plans to allow for further testing and contact tracing would be to move the game to Monday night, a source told ESPN.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said on Wednesday the team continued to prepare for play on Sunday.
“We were told during training camp that it could happen. … We were told that there might be a situation where, if you’re not careful and there are COVID issues here in Pittsburgh, we might not be able to practice until Friday or Saturday, ”Roethlisberger said. . “… I don’t mean that’s what it is, but that’s why the plan was put in place to have guys, to be prepared and why so many people, in Pittsburgh and Tennessee too, be diligent not to go out and be reckless. ”
The Vikings, who faced the Titans on Sunday, said on Tuesday that they had not tested positive in this morning’s series of tests. The Vikings also closed the facilities of their teams on Tuesday.
“It’s not unexpected,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote to each team’s general managers and presidents on Tuesday in a memo, which was obtained by ESPN. “There will be players and staff who test positive during the season. ”
The Vikings’ next game is Sunday at the Houston Texans.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday the league told them to expect to play on Sunday, adding that they had their own fear with two “false positives” before playing the Steelers last Sunday.