Steelers And Titans To Be Scheduled For Monday Night

Titans have NFL's 1st COVID-19 outbreak; next game still on

The Tennessee Titans won't be back inside their building until Saturday at the earliest because of eight positive tests for the coronavirus, the first outbreak to hit the National Football League as it tries to play a full schedule amid the pandemic.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans appear to be slated for a Monday night game this week.

In-person activities for the Titans and Vikings have been suspended pending further developments. "Likewise, the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities", the league and NFL Players' Association stated.

"We're doing everything we can to make players safe and that this doesn't happen again", Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said during a press conference Wednesday.

Before Tuesday, the NFL only saw scattered cases throughout the league among a small number of players and staff members.

The game has been in doubt since Tuesday after eight members of Titans' organization - three players and five staff members - tested positive for the coronavirus. "We've played three games in 13 days".

Now, the team is looking forward to try and get back on track. Those individuals have been isolated and will receive additional testing.

Game officials who worked Sunday's Titans-Vikings game have been contacted for followup testing and monitoring.

The league is exploring the nature of the close contacts to determine where they occurred to identify any additional findings that can be shared with all 32 teams.

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

"This is wild but this is the world we live in now", Heyward wrote. The game will be rescheduled to a later date, most likely on Monday, Oct. 5 or Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Although some reports have said the team will return to team facilities on Saturday, Vrabel said there is no firm day or time.

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