The Tennessee Titans had another positive player test for COVID-19, until the latest round of coronavirus tests tested positive for the Vikings in Minnesota, NFL spokesman Dan Dan Graziano of ESPN.
The league found no close contact with the Titans player, whose test returned positive on Wednesday, which showed the NFL that his isolation procedures work in this case, the spokesman said.
The NFL announced Tuesday that three Titanium players and five team members have been tested for coronavirus. The three players – head coach DaQuan Jones, longtime Beau Brinkley and right-handed coach Tommy Hudson – have been placed in reserve / COVID-19. Those who tested positive had been asymptomatic since Tuesday morning, a Graziano source said.
The Titans closed their team’s facilities until Saturday.
Although no official decision has been made on Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville, the NFL wants and intends to play the game on schedule, a source told ESPN’s Adam Shefter on Tuesday. One of the contingency plans to allow for additional testing and tracking of contacts will be to move the game Monday night, a source told ESPN.
Steelers quarterback Ben Rotlisberger said Wednesday that the team is still preparing for Sunday’s game.
“During the training camp we were told that this could happen. … We were told that there may be a situation that if you are not careful and there are some problems with COVID here in Pittsburgh, we may not be able to practice until Friday or Saturday, “said Rotlisberger. “… I don’t want to say it’s what it is, but that’s why the plan was introduced to have boys, to be prepared, and why so many people in Pittsburgh and Tennessee are also diligent in not going out and being reckless.”
The Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, said Tuesday they did not test positive in the morning round of testing. The Vikings also closed their team’s facilities on Tuesday.
“This is not unexpected,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote on Tuesday to the top executives and presidents of each team in a note received from ESPN. “There will be players and staff who will perform positively during the season.”
The Vikings’ next game is Sunday in Houston, Texas.