Titans-Steelers canceled; more positives in Tennessee
There will be no football for the Tennessee Titans this week.
In the wake of more positive COVID-19 test results, the NFL canceled the scheduled game in Nashville between the Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers.
“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 NFL said in a statement Thursday morning. “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.”
Previously postponed with consideration to playing the game Monday, the Titans (3-0) and Steelers (3-0) instead have an open week.
Four players and five staff members had positive tests as of Wednesday afternoon.
Their facility has been closed all week since the Titans returned from playing the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday.
Cases reportedly began on Friday with outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen.
Three Titans players — defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson — were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday as the NFL shut down the team facility. A fourth player — linebacker Kamalei Correa — returned a positive test Wednesday and was officially added to the COVID list.
The Titans also reported five positive tests among team personnel, including Bowen, who did not make the trip to Minnesota.
The Steelers will have a bye week and play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5. The Titans are scheduled to host the Buffalo Bills in Week 5.
No ruling was made on the Vikings making the trip to Houston to play the Texans as scheduled this Sunday.
The Vikings have had no access to their facility this week but daily testing has not yet returned a positive test.
–Field Level Media