The NFL may be up against its most serious COVID-19 related challenge yet, as a possible outbreak could cause the two teams to suspend individual club activities for weeks. According to Tom Paliser of the NFL Network, The Tennessee Titans had three new player positives and five new staff positives for COVID-19. Then on Wednesday, he learned that one more Titans player tested positive on Tuesday, bringing the total number of positive tests to nine. However all other tests for both the Titans and Vikings came back negative.
Later Wednesday morning, it was announced by the league that the game between the Stats and Titans would be postponed, and possibly rescheduled for next Monday or Tuesday. The Titans coach has told the players that they will be ready to face the Steelers even if they are physically unable to meet as a team until Saturday’s walkthrough. According to NFL Network’s Mike Gerofolo.
Since the Titans played in the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, both teams have suspended all individual club activities starting Tuesday. According to Diana Russini of ESPN, A league source said Tuesday they are “closing Tennessee until Saturday”, which means there could be no Titans coaches or players in the building. After this report, the Titans Issued a statement They confirmed that they had received multiple positive tests.
“As a precautionary measure, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we adhere to the COFID-19 virus-related NFL protocol. Several tests have returned positive and (we) are in the process of confirming them. We will have More information tomorrow. “
The NFL and the NFLPA said in a statement that both the Titans and the Vikings are working together to create a potential hurricane.
“On Tuesday morning, the Titans’ Covid test results returned three new players’ positives and five new employees’ positives. The Titans will suspend individual club activities starting today. The NFL and NFLPA, including our infectious disease specialists, are working together to evaluate, conduct additional tests and monitor progress. All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. Updates will continue to be shared as more information becomes available. Keep it up. “
Tuesday afternoon, Adam Shafter of ESPN NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shared a copy of the email sent to the team’s presidents and officials. Goodell says players and staff members who have tested positive are being monitored separately and carefully. The league has also reviewed contact tracing data, including members who worked the game in Minnesota last Sunday, as well as matchup executives. The NFL is exploring in more detail the nature of close contacts to determine where they came from and the identity of any additional learning that can be shared with any club.
At the tight end of the Titans, John Smith told CBS Sports Radio’s “Tiki and Tirney” on Tuesday, “It’s one thing to be pro. We’re all fussing over these zoom meetings, so we’re useful in the flow of things.”
He added: “I don’t know what the league is going to do or what they will decide, but if we are playing, we will be ready, stay in shape, and most importantly, stay apart.”
The Titans said they would need to “confirm” the positive tests as the league had already dealt with an abundance of false positives in this se fasen. Back in August Gust, a total of 77 positive tests for COVID-19 were repeated in 11 teams. Upon further review, it was concluded that these were false positive tests, and each sample was re-run with negative returning samples for coronavirus. John R. Cohen, MD, executive chairman of BioFerence Laboratories, NFL’s testing partner, Issued a statement Explaining that these false-positives were due to loneliness contamination in the New Jersey lab.
“We remain in touch with the NFL regarding positive COVID-19 tests with the Tennessee Titans,” Steelers’ statement read. Mike Gerafolo of the NFL Network. “We have been notified to proceed with our game preparations for Sunday’s game unless otherwise informed. We will provide more information when it becomes available.”
Both the Steelers and Titans enter Week 4 4-0 unbeaten in the youth season, so whenever the game is able to play, it should be a great one.
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