NFL Has It’s 1st Covid-19 Outbreak

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The NFL is dealing with it’s 1st Covid-19 outbreak

M. Toppin, Staff Writer

 

The first three weeks of the NFL’s season were progressing, and then they got news of their first coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday.

On Tuesday September 29th, the Tennessee Titans reported that three players and five other team personnel tested positive. The next day, Tom Pelissero (NFL Reporter) tweeted that a fourth Titans player has also tested positive.  On Thursday, just two days after the Initial positive results,  Pelissero reported that new positive cases came from Wednesday’s round of COVID-19 testing. The Titans now have five players and 6 personnel with positive tests–in addition to the coach who tested positive late last week.

The Minnesota Vikings, who hosted the Titans on Sunday, have not received any positive test results as of Wednesday but have also closed their facility indefinitely as a precaution.

The Titans have reportedly halted in-person activities and closed their facility indefinitely. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans will not play in Week 4 of the game originally scheduled but instead the game will be rescheduled for later this season. 

The NFL released a statement on Thursday announcing the postponement: 

“The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game scheduled for Week 4 will be rescheduled to later this season after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19 today. An announcement of the new game date will be made shortly.

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.”

Team sources confirmed to ESPN that the Titans will continue preparing primarily through virtual film-study meetings.  According to DPM, Mike Vrabel, Titans head coach, said some of the players who tested positive are symptomatic. Vrabel states, “Some of them are indeed experiencing flu-like symptoms. Nothing, I think, out of the ordinary, we anticipate that they will feel better shortly.

“Nobody is to blame. We’re in a pandemic,” Vrabel added, saying the team has followed safety guidelines closely.

What remains unknown is whether things will level out and the season will proceed as scheduled or if short notice changes will become the new normal for the NFL.