The Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings — who played each other on Sept. 27 — have canceled in-person team activities on Sept. 29 after COVID-19 tests for multiple members of the Titans’ organization came back positive.
“Out of the abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” Tennessee said in a statement. “Several tests have come back positive and [we] are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow.”
Three Titans players and five team personnel tested positive, according to a statement from the NFL. The team announced that it is closing its facilities through Saturday, Oct. 3 — it’s scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 4.
The Vikings’ tests from Sept. 28 all came back negative and they reportedly have been tested again and are awaiting the results.
The situation is the first major trial of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, as the league had yet to have a positive player test through its first three weeks of play. The NFL had previously levied $1.7 million in fines to teams and their coaches who did not adhere to mask mandates during games, but the fines are reportedly being appealed.