By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tennessee Titans are the first team to suffer a coronavirus outbreak in the 2020 season. Like Major League Baseball, the National Football League has elected to not play in a Bubble.
Major League Baseball has gotten through their season with some coronavirus changes. The NFL will attempt to do the same.
Presently, at least three players with the Titans reportedly have the coronavirus. At least five more staff members also have the virus.
As a result of Tuesday’s news, both the Titans and the Minnesota Vikings have suspended all in-person activities. This past weekend, the Titans defeated the Vikings 31-30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the league said.
The Vikings announced in a statement that they have not had any positive tests.
“Today, the NFL notified us that members of the Tennessee Titans organization have tested positive for COVID-19,” the team said in a statement. “As of this morning, we have not received any positive tests 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 the 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.”
Due to the coronavirus positive tests, this could cause some scheduling conflicts. The Vikings are slated to play the Houston Texans in Houston, Texas this Sunday — if they can play the game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to travel to the Titans on Sunday in a matchup of undefeated teams. With the in-person activities shut down for the Vikings and the Titans, they cannot practice again until at least Saturday.
This means at least several games are going to be impacted by this news. They could potentially be played at the end of the season with the playoffs being pushed back since the team’s do not have the same bye weeks.
“All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration,” the NFL said. “We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”