Tightening Protocols

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The NFL is now struggling with a coronavirus outbreak as several members of the Tennessee Titans organization have tested positive. Both the Titans and the Minnesota Vikings — who played Tennessee Sunday — were sidelined yesterday.

Three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for COVID-19, creating the first serious test of the league’s protocols.

While no official decision has been made about the Titans’ game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL intends for the game to be played as scheduled, per ESPN. The game could be moved to Monday to allow for additional testing and contact tracing.

The NFL’s COVID-19 Protocols:

  • Players and staff who tested positive will be isolated, monitored and given medical care.
  • Contract tracing data has been reviewed to identify those who were close to the players and staff who tested positive. Those individuals have been isolated and will receive additional testing.
  • None of the officials of the Titans-Vikings game will work in Week 4.
  • In-person activities for the Titans and Vikings were suspended pending further developments.