3 Titans players, 5 personnel test positive for COVID-19; team suspends in-person activities – Tennessean

The Titans have had a flurry of COVID-19 tests come back positive, marking the first time an NFL team has been hit with an outbreak.

The NFL in a statement on Tuesday morning said that three Titans players and five Titans personnel had tested positive for the coronavirus. The Titans are suspending in-person club activities starting Tuesday — as are the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday.

A source confirmed to the Tennessean that the team facility has been shut down until Saturday.

The Titans are scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Nissan Stadium. ESPN reported Tuesday morning that no decision has been made about the game.The Steelers said in a statement they have been informed to proceed with game preparations for Sunday until they are informed otherwise, according to NFL.com.

The news comes a day after Titans coach Mike Vrabel revealed that outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen did not travel with the team to Minnesota after a positive test result on Saturday. Tennessee won the game at U.S. Bank Stadium, 31-30.

“We’re following the hundred memos (about COVID-19 protocols) that they’ve (the NFL) sent out verbatim,” Vrabel said Monday.

In a statement, the Titans on Tuesday said: “Out of the abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the Covid-19 virus. Several tests have come back positive and are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow.”

Tuesday’s media availabilities with the defensive assistant coaches were postponed to later in the week.

The NFL in a statement said: “Both clubs (the Titans and the Vikings) 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 consideartion. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”

The Vikings did not have any positive tests come back, the team said in a statement.

During the offseason, organized team activities and minicamp were canceled across the league amid the pandemic. COVID-19 protocols were put in place ahead of training camp, and the league had avoided a major outbreak until this week.

Per the NFL, a player who has tested positive and is asymptomatic can return once 10 days have passed since the initial positive test, or five days have passed since the initial positive test and the player receives two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart within that five-day period. Those who show symptoms can return 10 days after the symptoms first appear and 72 hours have passed since any symptoms have ended.

A player who tests positive must be cleared by his team’s head physician before returning.

The Titans have had several isolated cases of players being placed on the COVID-19/reserve list since the start of training camp. Titans offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson is currently on the list, which is for players who test positive or who have been around someone who has tested positive.

Reach Erik Bacharach at ebacharach@tennessean.com and on Twitter @ErikBacharach.

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Author: The Covid-19 Channel