Kevin SeifertESPN Team AuthorNear
- ESPN.com nationwide NFL writer
- ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013
- Lined Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008
The NFL has its to start with COVID-19 group outbreak. At least nine members of the Tennessee Titans have made verified beneficial test outcomes in the past four times, a rash of coronavirus infections that could most likely have distribute throughout Sunday’s activity in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Titans have shut their follow facility until at the very least Saturday, when the Vikings have closed theirs until they have more take a look at effects. Selections on both teams’ 7 days 4 games are pending.
Here is what we know at the instant, with ideal context. We will carry on to update as news develops.
Timeline for return to facilitiesCould online games get postponed?
So this began with the Titans?
Certainly. On Saturday, Titans linebackers coach Shane Bowen returned a verified constructive take a look at. The Titans obtained the success before they departed Nashville for Minneapolis, and Bowen was held back again from creating the journey.
Were being the other eight Titans workers infected by Bowen?
We you should not know. What we do know is that the entire Titans traveling celebration was tested Saturday, as they would ordinarily be. The Titans experienced all those final results by Sunday morning. All were being negative, this means every coach, participant and staff member was suitable for Sunday’s sport.
mentioned before this thirty day period: “An outbreak truly can occur at any time.” It can be fair to wonder if this will prompt a shift into game-day testing.
When can the Vikings and Titans get back to their follow facilities?
We know the Titans won’t return right before Saturday at the earliest. The Vikings’ return depends on no matter if they receive any verified optimistic results.
How very long will the infected players and workers members be stored away from the workforce?
It can be intricate. Below is a flow chart for symptomatic and asymptomatic optimistic exams.
This graphic from the NFL protocols describes a lot of what the Titans and Vikings are executing now. pic.twitter.com/Z3JLQy43GZ
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) September 29, 2020
What about their Week four online games?
At the instant, the two are nonetheless scheduled to perform Sunday. That could improve in the coming several hours and days, having said that. Just one probability, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is to move the Titans’ activity Sunday in Nashville against the Pittsburgh Steelers from Sunday to Monday. The Titans’ match could also very easily be moved to 7 days 7, if the NFL moves the Steelers’ Week 7 sport against the Baltimore Ravens into 7 days 8, when the two have byes. A opportunity rescheduling of the Vikings’ match at the Houston Texans is a lot less clear.
The NFL formed an unbiased committee built up of unaffiliated former league officials to recommend commissioner Roger Goodell on fairness and fairness in these cases. A person speedy dilemma is no matter whether it is good for the Titans to participate in the Steelers on Sunday if they have been away from their workforce facility, and thus unable to observe, all 7 days.