NFL postpones the Sunday’s game between Tennessee Titans’ and the Pittsburgh Steelers due to coronavirus positive tests. On Wednesday the league declared that it is moving the game back as a precautionary measure keeping the coaches, player’s safety and health in mind. The game will be mostly played on Monday or Tuesday.
The suspension marks the first NFL regular-season calendar change deriving from the COVID-19 pandemic.
On September 29, three Titans players — practice-squad tight end Tommy Hudson, defensive lineman DaQuan Jones and long snapper Beau Brinkley along with five team staff were tested positive for COVID-19 in consequence of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Titans consequently omitted all in-person club exercises.
Yesterday, another Titans player was tested COVID-19 positive post which the league spokesman affirmed regarding the postponement. Later linebacker Kamalei Correa was put on the park/COVID-19 list.
Mike Vrabel, Titans coach, also stated yesterday that the players who have been tested positive are encountering flu-like symptoms.
There have been no cases in the Vikings team as well as personnel post the game against the Titans. The Houston Texans against the Minnesota Vikings game remains scheduled for the coming Sunday. The team intends to come back to its facility on Thursday as informed by the head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman. From other sources, it has come to notice that the Titans’ team facilities are closed till Saturday, and everyone till then has to conduct all the preparations virtually.
The NFL has never postponed a game since 2017 which was due to Hurricane Irma. The game between Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins was pushed from September to November.
Vrabel on Monday announced that outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen did not go with the team to Minnesota post a positive test result found on Saturday. Tennessee won Sunday’s game at U.S. Bank Stadium, 31-30, leading the team to 3-0 on the year.