Titans close facilities until Saturday

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The NFL made it through 48 regular-season games without a serious COVID-19 issue. Now, the NFL has one.

The Titans have closed their facilities until Saturday, PFT has confirmed.

Obviously, they’ll prepare for Sunday’s home game against the Steelers remotely. But the Titans will be unable to practice. Which raises real questions about whether they’ll be able to play on Sunday, or whether they should be expected to play.

There’s a fairly easy schedule fix, if the game is postponed. The Titans have a Week Seven bye, the Steelers play the Ravens in Week Seven, and the Steelers and Ravens have Week Eight byes. So the NFL could move Steelers-Titans to Week Seven and Steelers-Ravens to Week Eight, with Baltimore’s bye coming in Week Seven.

That would put the Steelers on the road for three straight games, however — at Tennessee, at Baltimore, and at Dallas. Still, if the alternative is to expect the Titans to play without practicing, this may be the most fair (or least unfair) outcome.

23 responses to “Titans close facilities until Saturday

  1. Everyone freaked out when this happened during the first week of the baseball season in Miami. NFL will carry on just like baseball did.

  2. As a biased titans fan I hope they postpone the game. Playing Pittsburgh with zero preparation will be ugly.

  3. Fair? Its not about fair… It’s about moving forward. Regardless of what may or may not be thought of as “fair”.

  4. Would anyone have complained if the NFL shortened the season by 2-4 games and built in either more BYE weeks or ended the season earlier so that extra games could have been played at the end of the season for situations like this?

  5. was waiting for the shoe to drop. According to reports there are “several” COVID cases. If this hits players can’t see the game going ahead.

  6. They should try to move the game until Monday night. The team would at least be able to practice Saturday, have a light practice Sunday, and walk through Monday morning. While the “easy schedule fix” described above is a thoughtful solution and might also work, every step to preserve the current lineup should be taken in anticipation of more chaos to come. If the NFL can use Monday night, it could have more flexibility down the road.

  7. “That would put the Steelers on the road for three straight games, however — at Tennessee, at Baltimore, and at Dallas. Still, if the alternative is to expect the Titans to play without practicing, this may be the most fair (or least unfair) outcome.”

    Please expound on how giving the Ravens a bye week before playing the Steelers, would be “more fair” to the Steelers. Maybe if the Titan’s personnel were more careful, they would not be in this predicament. I would be saying the same thing if it was the Steelers, other teams should not be penalized….IMO

  8. buttfumbles says:
    September 29, 2020 at 11:18 am
    Everyone freaked out when this happened during the first week of the baseball season in Miami. NFL will carry on just like baseball did. —————————–This may pass, but it should be noted that it was far easier to make up games in MLB than it is in the NFL. You cannot really expect NFL teams to play doubleheaders (or 2 games in a week) to make up missed games. It may all work out, but you may end up with teams having played different amounts of games. The MLB teams that were forced to shut down had to shut down for up to two weeks.

  9. Why should the Steelers be penalized for the Titans’ problem? That makes no sense. If the game has to be rescheduled, it should be played IN PITTSBURGH!

  10. It’s just as ‘fair’ as some teams being allowed fans. The competitive advantage doesn’t seem to bother the shield who wants to get through it.

  11. This isn’t just a “Titan problem”. This is an issue that will continue through the season for the entire NFL. We do need to mitigate this for the season to continue.

  12. there are going to be a lot of ‘not fair’ moments this season. This really is one where the NFL does not have really good options.

    Just getting all games played in the season will be a challenge.

    I feel sorry for the Titans. I will feel sorry if my team’s quarterbacks all go down.

    However in the covid 19 climate=the league has to do what it has to do.

  13. So, why isn’t the easiest solution to move the game to Pittsburgh? No fans anyway so home field advantage not what it used to be nor will 80,000 fans have to make alternate plans…

  14. Like the way many states and Washington leadership has done, it have no confidence that the NFL will do the right thing and shut down the game. They will go forward full steam ahead, cases and spread be damned. Florida, going against all medical expert advice, fully opened again. Money is talking and they don’t care about the spread or deaths. Guess where the Super Bowl will be held

  15. beestmode says:
    September 29, 2020 at 1:12 pm
    So, why isn’t the easiest solution to move the game to Pittsburgh? No fans anyway so home field advantage not what it used to be nor will 80,000 fans have to make alternate plans…

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    As a Titans fan I don’t mind this, with no fans no real home field advantage. And Pitt and Nashville aren’t even that far apart. But maybe that wouldn’t be fair to Pittsburgh. It costs a lot of money to host a game, and maybe not fair to ask Pittsburgh to foot the bill to host a 9th game this year. I get that’s an ownership problem but they are definitely thinking about that.

  16. These are grown men. Life isn’t fair. Quarantine those who are ill and those they came in contact with and roll with what you got. Baseball did it, basketball is doing it and so did Hockey.

    We need to move forward regardless as to what fear mongers will have you believe.

  17. Move the game to Pittsburgh. There really is no home field advantage without fans……no big deal.

  18. Tha Nino Man says: “It’s just as ‘fair’ as some teams being allowed fans. The competitive advantage doesn’t seem to bother the shield who wants to get through it.”
    ———————

    Just stop with that nonsense. As we’ve seen in the past three weeks, having fans at 25% capacity barely generates any noise level in a huge, open 75,000 stadium.

    Goodell was RIGHT – there is absolutely no competitive advantage right now with a severely limited fans in the stands.

  19. There’s a lot of not fair here.

    Expecting the Titans to not practice until Saturday is not fair. Someone earlier suggested moving the game to Pittsburgh but that solves nothing. Unless of course we are talking about moving the week 7 game to Pittsburgh. That at least makes it so they don’t play three road games in a row. Maybe the Titans organization should compensate the Steelers org for the added cost.

    Giving the Steelers a bye in week 4 when they are mostly healthy and not beat up and then making them play a freshly rested Ravens who get a later bye (the week before) isn’t exactly fair.

  20. It might have been smart for the league to add an additional week or two to the regular season at the end to be able to easily make up for rescheduled games. You KNOW there’s going to be more…

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