Bouchette's Walkthrough: NFL's ruling on Steelers-Titans shouldn't be hard

2 NFL teams suspend in-person activities after positive COVID-19 tests

In extended comments about the outbreak that has hit the Titans, coach Mike Vrabel said they have done everything the league has asked of teams.

If the game were to be postponed even further, the Eagles would then potentially face the Steelers after a "bye" week.

"(The players) said, "Coach, we'll play whenever they want us to play, and under any circumstances we'll prepare the best that we can, and we'll play", Vrabel said.

As a result, the Titans and their Week 3 opponent, the Vikings, have closed team facilities and suspended in-person activities for now. "All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration". "We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available".

"This is not unexpected; as Dr. Sills and others have emphasized, there will be players and staff who will test positive during the season", Goodell wrote in the memo obtained by The Associated Press, referencing the NFL's chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills.

Goodell asked National Football League teams to look at what they've done to limit contact, especially when traveling and within position groups, and to review how they bring in players for tryouts.

"These results confirm the need to remain diligent in implementing all of our health and safety protocols to the fullest extent". According to NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero, a fourth Titans player learned Wednesday that he tested positive.

However, the Titans-Steelers matchup has yet to be canceled or postponed.

"We live one week at a time", Tomlin said. The Titans have been informed that they can not return to their training facility until Saturday, and the Vikings are waiting to return until all the test results are back. Rookie offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson, their top draft pick out of Georgia, also has been on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Titans since September 6.

And like Tomlin, he said his team - now holding team meetings remotely because their team facility is closed - will be ready. That no games were disturbed through the first three weeks of the season was a feat in itself, but it could not be expected to last. That number is set to expand to about 8,500 on October 11 for a game against Buffalo and up to 10,000 on October 18, when Houston is scheduled to visit.



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