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The NFL may be facing its most serious COVID-19 challenge yet, as a potential outbreak has prompted two teams to suspend in-person club activities for the week According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Tennessee Titans had three new positive players and five new personal positives for COVID-19 Since playing at the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, both teams will suspend all in-person club activities from Tuesday This casts doubt on the Titans ‘Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as the Vikings’ meeting on Sunday with the Houston Texans.
Following this report, the Titans released a statement confirming that they had received multiple positive tests
« Out 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 (we) are working on their confirmation We will have more information tomorrow «
The NFL and NFLPA released their own statement claiming the Titans and Vikings are working closely with the league to weather this potential storm
« On Tuesday morning, the Titans COVID test results fired three new positive players and five new personal positives The Titans will suspend the club’s in-person activities from today Likewise, the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend club activities in person Both clubs work closely with the NFL and NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to assess 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 «
Titans say they will have to ‘confirm’ positive tests since league has already dealt with an abundance of false positives this offseason In August, a total of 77 positive tests for COVID-19 returned to 11 teams After a review further, it was concluded that these were false positive tests, and all original tests were rerun with each sample coming back negative for the coronavirus Jon R Cohen, Mré, the executive chairman of BioReference Laboratories, the NFL’s testing partner, released a statement explaining that these false positives were due to an isolated contamination in the New Jersey lab According to Dianna Russini of ESPN, a source of the league said Tuesday they are « shutting down Tennessee until Saturday, » meaning no Titans coach or player can be in the building
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