Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo MESPORTS SOUTH
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NASHVILLE, TENN– For the first time since the 2017 season an NFL game has been forced to be postponed. The Titans along with the Vikings suspended all in-person activities Tuesday after eight positives COVID-19 cases from the Titans camp after their win on Sunday.
The undefeated Titans (3-0) were scheduled to face the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday at home but has now been postponed after another confirmed positive COVID case on Wednesday from a Titans player.
The NFL stated that details on the new game and time will be announced as soon as possible. For now the Titans will be holding all activities virtually. The Titans were scheduled to be able to return to their facilities on Saturday but it looks like they may be forced to remain shutdown for a bit longer.
The Vikings have not had any players or personnel test positive since their meeting with the Titans. However, they did take the precautionary measures and suspend in-person activities this week. The Vikings are scheduled to be on the road to take on the Texans on Sunday. However, it is still unclear in the days ahead if they will be able to play that game. While it doesn’t appear that there are cases it could take a few days for symptoms to show and therefore the Vikings still may not be in the clear just yet.
The count for the Titan players confirmed cases included DL, DaQuan Jones, LS, Beau Brinkley, and their practice squad TE, Tommy Hudson along with another player whose name has not been released. These players have since been added to the Reserve/COVID list. Titans head coach, Mike Vrabel also confirmed that outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen had tested positive the Saturday prior to their game against the Vikings but did not travel with the team.
So once again COVID-19 strikes the sports world and the waiting game begins to see where the team and the league go from here. I don’t believe this will cause a major shutdown but it may shift just how we play football and kick-off the football in October.