The game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed after additional cases of COVID-19 were recorded among Titan players and an employee. This is the first game to be postponed due to COVID-19.
On Thursday, NFL Network announced after additional Titans players and an employee tested positive for COVID-19 during the test run on Wednesday. Tom Pelissero of the Network stated that the NFL had rescheduled the match for the second part of the season by a source notified.
After the outbreak in Tennessee, the League announced its decision to move the game. The NFL said in a statement, “The decision to postpone the game was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel. The Titans facility will remain closed, and the team will continue to have no in-person activities until further notice.”
The NFL said on Wednesday it had been anticipated that the game would be played this week, either on Monday or Tuesday. However, the recent positive samples prompted the League to be exceedingly cautious and delayed later. In addition to the coach who tested positive late last week, the subsequent positive samples carry the overall number to five players and six staff in Tennessee. Kristian Fulton has been added to the Reserve / COVID list on Thursday by the Titans.
“The NFL made the smart and safe decision to postpone our game, and we are on a bye week starting now,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel told reporters Thursday. “I reminded them not to gather with each other right now.”
On Wednesday, Vrabel said it was not the fault of anyone to test positive because it’s a pandemic. The Titans do not believe that any of their members violated the protocol, while the team has the right to fine players in violating the COVID-19 protocols. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that no fines are being imposed at the moment. Vrabel told his players on Thursday, “They were somewhat shocked, they were preparing to play, but I think they understood why the decision was made,” He continued that this week is now a good week for the Titans, and he hopes that this coming Monday or Tuesday, they will return to team facilities.
After the Titans game against the Minnesota Vikings, the last positive COVID-19 tests happened. This week the facilities of the Vikings and Titans shut down. From the round of COVID-19 research that happened on Wednesday, Minnesota had no positive tests again and reopened its facilities with improved procedures on Thursday morning, including swift “point of care” test results before admission to the house, Pelissero reported. The Vikings will play Thursday afternoon and, on Sunday, will play Texans.
Meanwhile, the steel staff did not instantly convert it into a good week, since before they were given a few days off, they decided to practice Thursday, stated Aditi Kinkhabwala from the NFL Network. Coach Mike Tomlin from Pittsburgh refused to express his thoughts on the cancelation of the season.
The driver of Titans who drove the team to Minnesota also drove the Astros to the sequence of playoffs vs. Twins
Professional sports crossed the consequences of positive tests COVID-19, which led to the postponement of the Tennessee Titans-Pittsburgh Steelers Clash.
Tom Pelissero, an NFL Network participant, announced Thursday that, on his way to a playoff series this week in Minnesota last weekend with the Tennessee Titans, a bus driver even drove Houston Astros from MLB against the Twins by accounts. The Astros have replaced the driver after the report that some Titans players and the staff have tested positive COVID-19. “We are aware of the situation and are comfortable that all of our health and safety protocols have been followed.” Major League Baseball said in a statement.
Currently, after Sunday’s game in Minnesota, five Titans players and six personnel have tested COVID-19 positive. Three players and five employees screened positive initially. Other tests have resulted in three different positive outcomes over the last two days. The League postponed the Titans-Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday match to a later date to be decided.
The Vikings of Minnesota performed zero positive trials on Sunday. The club was cleared to reopen the venue on Thursday morning after the checks on Wednesday. Minnesota reopened the facility with improved procedures, including swift outcomes of “point of care” testing before it began the construction.