According to an NFL statement, an additional Titan players and a personnel member tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. Four players (nose tackle Daun Jones, linebacker Kameli Corry, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squads Tight and Tommy Hudson) and five team personnel members tested positive earlier this week.
“The decision to postpone the game was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel,” the NFL said in its statement. “The Titans facility will remain closed and no person-related activities will continue until further notice to the team.”
The day after the announcement, the NFL said the game, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, was postponed to Monday or Tuesday.
Titans coach Mike Wrabel said on Wednesday that some players who tested positive were showing flu-like symptoms.
“, I know there are a lot of questions about the game and about who is to blame and where it started. Nobody should be blamed. We are in an epidemic.” “… It is a very unfortunate situation, but one that we are confident that we will be able to handle safely keeping in mind the best interests of the football team and the players.”
The Minnesota Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, had no positive results in their latest round of coronovirus testing on Wednesday, and their facility was to be restarted on Thursday.
Now the NFL has to figure out how to reschedule the game between two of its seven undefeated teams after the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak.
The simplest scenario of rescheduling is Week 7 on October 25. This is ‘Titans’ week. Pittsburgh is scheduled to play in Baltimore that week, but in Week 8 both the Steelers and the Ravens have a bias that would allow the NFL to make changes affecting only one other team.
The challenge for both Tennessee and Pittsburgh is saying goodbye this week and both teams begin preparations to play early Monday. The Titans, who played in the AFC Championship Game in January, and the Steelers revived with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, can play without a break for the rest of the regular season.
Pittsburgh hosts the Philadelphia Eagles on October 11. Buffalo Bills are scheduled to visit Tennessee that day, the next game that may affect how the Titans’ outbreak continues.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.