Eleven members of the Tennessee Titans organization have tested positive for coronavirus this week, and the latest two cases confirmed in Thursday’s round of testing pushed the NFL to postpone the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers beyond Week 4.
The NFL said on Wednesday that it hoped to postpone the game a day or two, to either Monday or Tuesday.
With a third straight day of new positive tests, the decision to push the game further down the line was announced Thursday morning.
“The decision to postpone the game was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel,” the NFL said in its statement. “The Titans facility will remain closed and the team will continue to have no in-person activities until further notice.”
Schefter reported that the players among the initial nine people who tested positive Monday and Tuesday include starting nose tackle DaQuan Jones, linebacker Kamalei Correa, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson. Five additional staffers tested positive, according to reports.
The Minnesota Vikings, who played Tennessee last Sunday, shut down their facility on Monday but are expected to return Thursday with no positive tests confirmed through Wednesday.