8:37 AM PT — The NFL has officially postponed the Tennessee Titans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game after several players tested positive for COVID-19, a league official tells TMZ Sports.
The game was originally scheduled to take place in Tennessee on Sunday at 1 PM — but the league is now hoping to play on either Monday or Tuesday instead.
The league is still working out the details, but issued a statement saying rescheduling the game will “allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel.”
As we previously reported, 4 Titans players have already tested positive for COVID-19 and there are concerns that other people in the organization may also have the virus.
The Titans played the Vikings this past weekend — but so far ZERO Vikings players have tested positive for coronavirus.
The NFL has been rigorously testing all players, coaches, and staffers but since they’re not in a bubble environment like the NBA, it’s much more difficult to prevent an outbreak.
Story developing …
7:30 AM PT — 9/30 Good news and bad news on the Titans and Vikings sitch — a 4th Tennessee player has come down with COVID-19 … while ZERO Minnesota players tested positive for the virus.
As for the newest Titan to test positive, the team says that player did not come in contact with any other players … so shutting down the facility when they did seems to have done some good, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
The Tennessee Titans have shut down ALL in-person activities immediately … after 3 players and 5 additional staffers have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Minnesota Vikings — who lost to the Titans on Sunday — will also shut down their facilities as a safety precaution … but have NOT reported any positive tests.
The Titans will reportedly not be allowed back at the team facility until Saturday — which begs the question … will they play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday without practicing????
The NFL and Players’ Association released a statement on the matter, saying, “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.”
“All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”
Tennessee also released a statement … claiming the decision to work remotely was “out of the abundance of caution.”
It’s bad news for the NFL, which has been able to play 3 regular season weeks without any major outbreaks.
Originally published — 9/29 7:59 AM PT