The Tennessee Titans suspended operations and closed its facilities. Three players and five team personnel members tested positive for COVID-19.
The NFL confirmed in a statement today the organization will close facilities until at least Saturday. The organization will work remotely.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” the Titans wrote. “Several tests have come back positive and are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow.”
According to ESPN, the eight members who have COVID-19 have been asymptomatic so far. The organization confirmed they contracted the virus after the organization conducted additional testing.
The Minnesota Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, also closed its operations. No one on the team has contracted the virus so far. The NFL issued a statement regarding both teams.
“The Titans will suspend in-person club activities starting today,” the league wrote in the statement. “Likewise, the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities. Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments.”
A Tennessee Titans player tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.
This wasn’t the first time coronavirus has impacted the Titans this year. The team’s outside linebacker coach Shane Bowen tested positive for the virus before Sunday’s game (Sept. 27.). He missed the game as part of the league’s COVID-19 measures. Earlier this month, offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson also contracted the virus. He’s been in COVID-19 protocol for the past few weeks.
According to the NFL’s protocols, players who test positive for COVID-19 can return 10 days after the test if they’re asymptomatic. They can also return after five days with two consecutive negative tests within a five-day span. For those who develop symptoms, they can return 10 days after symptoms first appear and 72 hours have passed since symptoms have ended. A team’s physician must clear all players to return.
According to ESPN, the NFL hasn’t made a decision about the Titan’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday (Oct. 4).