The Titans-Steelers game originally scheduled for Sunday has been pushed back to either Monday or Tuesday due to positive COVID-19 cases on the Titans’ roster. It is the first time an NFL game has been impacted this season because of COVID-19.
"The Steelers-Titans game, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, will be rescheduled to allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel," the NFL said in a statement Wednesday. "Details on the new game date and time on either Monday or Tuesday will be announced as soon as possible."
A total of 10 members of the Titans’ organization – five players and five other personnel – have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week. The Titans beat the Vikings, 31-30, in Minnesota on Sunday, and the positive test results were announced Tuesday. No Vikings players have tested positive, although the team’s practice facility remains closed until further testing can be done. The Titans’ facility is closed until at least Saturday, and the team is conducting business on a virtual basis until the NFL and NFL Players Association sign off on reopening the facility.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel called it "a very unfortunate" situation in a Zoom call with reporters on Wednesday. But he added, "Nobody’s to blame. We’re in a pandemic. Unfortunately, things happen. (Titans general manager) Jon (Robinson) and I feel comfortable that since receiving the (COVID-19) protocols in August, we’ve followed those by the letter and that we were conscious of everything that we did."
Vrabel wouldn't identify which staff members tested positive, but said he is not one of them. He added that the team is "preparing to play the football game now as early as Monday. I’m confident that the league will allow us time to practice, to get practice in on the field, and then move forward with the game.
"We have evaluated what we’ve done and the protocols and how we’ve handled the meetings," he said. "Continue to have social distancing in those meetings. We’ll have to continue to exercise extreme caution when we go back in, and no one is to blame. This is something that we’re not interested in trying to blame anybody. We want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to make the players safe and that this doesn’t happen again."
The Vikings are scheduled to face the Texans on Sunday in Houston, and that game remains on as of now.