In the wake of some positive tests of COVID-19 following their Sunday match, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings suspended team practices on Tuesday.
Tennessee announced three new positive player tests and five new positive workers tests, according to sources told by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The Vikings did not have a successful test recorded but hosted the titans on Sunday, which led to a cautionary suspension of their practices.
The Titans put the Beau Brinkley long snapper and DaQuan Jones nose tackle on the reservation list / COVID-19, along with the Tommy Hudson tight end practice team, according to the transaction wire of the League.
The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a letter to team managers detailing the following actions that have been taken by the NFLPA in compliance with COVID-19.
- Players and staff who have tested positive will be isolated, monitored, and given all necessary medical care.
- Contact tracing data has been reviewed to identify any close contacts of players and staff who have tested positive. 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.
- In-person activities for the Titans and Vikings have been suspended pending further developments.
- 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 called for the clubs to examine “steps they have taken to minimize the number of close contacts, particularly while traveling and within position groups.” Teams can also review their freelancer visits procedures via memo.
Given the severity of the latest COVID-19 pandemic, it can also be anticipated that players and personnel would be positive in the season, Goodell reminded teams.
Tennesse Titans release a statement
The Titans said in a statement earlier Tuesday, “Out of the abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus. Several tests have come back positive and are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow.” Pelissero added that the Vikings evacuated their facility, where coaches and other personnel reported work Tuesday morning.
“Today the NFL notified us that members of the Tennessee Titans organization have tested positive for COVID-19,” the Vikings said in a statement. “As of this morning, we have not received any positive results from Vikings testing following Sunday’s game. Per the NFL protocol, we will suspend in-person club activities and close TCO Performance Center immediately.
We will work closely with the NFL and NFLPA to monitor the situation, perform additional testing, and determine when the facility can reopen. We will provide further updates regarding this week’s football schedule when appropriate.”
Will the game between the Titans and Steelers be postponed?
This Sunday, the Titans will be hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Vikings are playing in Houston Texans.
“We have been in touch with the NFL on positive COVID-19 tests with the Tennessee Titans,” Pittsburgh said in a release. “We were informed to go on with our Sunday game preparations until we are otherwise informed.”
Judy Battista of NFL Network announced that the League is planning to play the Steelers-Titans game on Sunday, but no official notice is awaited on Tuesday.
Garafolo notes that Titan coaches have told players that they will be what they have to do this week, and there will be no exceptions if they are required to do without a work experience on the pitch, aside from a possible Saturday run in front of Sunday’s match.
In its latest release of monitoring results across the League, the NFL announced zero positive testings for players before news Tuesday. Two players confirmed that they were positive in the previous week. Cornerback Falcones A.J. After the recent release of League and Player Union testing results, Terrell has not spread COVID-19 to players or staff before their Week 3 game against Chicago. Terrell tested positive. Terrell was inactive on Sunday.
The impact of COVID19 on sports seems not to be vanishing. As time goes on, more and more incidents occur, making it difficult for athletes to enjoy their game.