The Tennessee Titans and the Minnesota Vikings halted in-person work Tuesday after the Titans had several positive tests for the coronavirus — making them the first teams to suspend operations in-season because of the virus.
According to the NFL Network, the Titans had eight new cases — three players and five personnel. The Titans played in Minnesota on Sunday, winning 31-30.
“Out of the abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely (Tuesday) as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” the Titans said in a statement. “Several tests have come back positive and are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information (Wednesday).”
Over the weekend, Atlanta’s A.J. Terrell became the first player since the start of the season to test positive for the virus. But Sunday’s game between the Falcons and the Chicago Bears went on as schedule after no other players or staff tested positive.
It remains to be seen whether the Titans or the Vikings will be able to play in Week 4.
In baseball, MLB regularly reorganized its schedule on the fly as teams dealt with new cases. Teams such as the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals went weeks without playing. But through it all, MLB was still able to complete its shortened 60-game regular season. The playoffs are set to begin Tuesday.
In a statement, the NFL said the Vikings and the Titans are working with the league and the players’ union, as well as with infectious disease experts, on how to proceed.
“All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration,” the NFL said. “We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”
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