In Week 3 the Tennessee Titans and the Minnesota Vikings played a thrilling game which Tennessee won 31-30 on a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter. The win pushed the Titans to 3-0, while dropping the Vikings to 0-3, however, the biggest impact of the game on the NFL might come off the field.
Tuesday morning Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported that the Titans are currently battling a COVID outbreak.
The #Titans had three new player positives and five new personnel positives for COVID-19, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. Both Titans and Vikings, who hosted them Sunday, will suspend in person club activities starting today.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 29, 2020
That’s a total of eight COVID cases for the Titans organization, with more cases very likely to pop up in the coming days. Specifically, with an incubation period that can be up to two weeks, it’s not impossible that a not insignificant part of the Titans roster could be sidelined by the outbreak. In addition, with the Titans and Vikings having just played less than 48 hours ago, Minnesota has also suspended all in person activities for the time being.
In addition, for those who might be holding out hope that the tests are false positives, that has already been ruled out.
This is important to the Seattle Seahawks who are slated to host the Vikings in Week 5 on Sunday Night Football. Whether that game happens now or not is suddenly up in the air as the COVID test results of the Vikings will be closely watched between now and then.
The league has reportedly stepped in and is closing the Titans facility for the remainder of this week.
A league source just texted me: "We are shutting Tennessee down until Saturday"— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) September 29, 2020
That means no Titans coaches or players can be in the building.
Tennessee had been scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4, however, at this point that appears unlikely.