World News – US – Source: NFL plans to play after titans outbreak


Dianna Russini explains the possible origin of the Titans’ coronavirus outbreak and why she doesn’t plan for Tennessee to play their Week 4 game against Pittsburgh (2:41)

The Tennessee Titans closed their facilities until Saturday after three players and five team staff tested positive for the coronavirus, the NFL announced Tuesday

The three players – starting tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and training squad tight end Tommy Hudson – have all been placed on the Reserve-COVID 19 list

While no official decision has yet been made regarding the Titans’ game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville, the NFL wants and intends to play this game as planned, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter

One of the contingency plans to allow for further testing and contact tracing would be to move the game to Monday night, a source told ESPN

All eight new positive tests for Titans confirmed after additional testing, source tells ESPN’s Kevin Seifert Those who tested positive had been asymptomatic since Tuesday morning, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano

« It’s not unexpected, » NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote to each team’s general managers and presidents on Tuesday in a memo obtained by ESPN « There will be players and staff who test positive during the season »

The Titans, citing « great caution, » issued a statement saying they had halted work in person on Tuesday The Minnesota Vikings, who faced the Titans on Sunday, also shut down their facilities indefinitely, although the ‘team said there were no positive tests until Tuesday morning

« Out of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus, » the Titans statement reads

League contact tracing identified 48 close contacts with the eight members of the Titans organization who tested positive, sources told Graziano Contingency and rescheduling plans are being discussed for both teams, sources told ESPN

The NFL released a statement saying the Titans and Vikings are working with the league, NFLPA, and medical authorities « to assess close contacts, perform additional testing, and monitor developments with health and safety like our main consideration « 

Sources from the team have confirmed to ESPN that the Titans will prepare for this week’s game primarily through virtual film study meetings

The Steelers also released a statement that they have been in contact with the NFL over the Titans’ positive tests

« We have been advised to proceed with our game preparations for Sunday’s game until we are informed otherwise, » the Steelers statement read. « We will provide more information when it becomes available »

Goodell’s memo says all players and staff who have tested positive will be isolated and monitored, and their family members will also be offered testing

Additionally, the referee team that worked on Sunday’s game – led by referee Clete Blakeman – will be tested daily for COVID-19 this week and, out of caution, will not be working a weeklong game 4 The NFL still has at least one crew on a bye every week

“Each of us has a special responsibility for ensuring the safety and health of others,” Goodell said in the note obtained by ESPN. “What each of us does affects not only ourselves and our immediate families, but also many others in our own club and in other clubs « 

The NFL said it is « exploring in more detail » where contacts have been made – « locker rooms, flights, etc. »- in the hope of sharing the information learned with all the teams

The Titans were without an outside linebacker coach and defensive caller Shane Bowen for Sunday’s game against the Vikings due to COVID-19 protocol Bowen was placed in protocol after getting test results on Saturday before leaving the team for Minnesota

The team were already without an offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, who was placed on COVID-19 protocol earlier this month Coach Mike Vrabel had said he was hopeful Wilson could return to the field of training this week

Jones, captain of the defensive team, has started all three games this season reading 120 shots (615%) on defense mainly as a run stoppage Brinkley has been the long snapper of every Titans game since 2012

Players who test positive for COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic may return 10 days after testing or after five days with two consecutive negative tests within a five-day period Those with symptoms may return 10 days after onset of first symptoms and 72 hours have passed since symptoms ended

All players who test positive must be approved by the team doctor and undergo cardiac tests

Teams may conduct contact tracing using small personal protective equipment worn by players and team staff Anyone who has been in contact with people who test positive will have additional tests available to them

The Titans added running back D’Onta Foreman and defensive back Maurice Smith to their training squad on Tuesday

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World news – United States – Source: NFL plans to play after Titans outbreak



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