Titans-Steelers postponed

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Sunday’s Titans-Steelers game has been postponed as a result of the multiple positive COVID-19 cases affecting the Titans, a league source tells PFT.

The Titans have shut their facility down for the week because of the positive tests, which yesterday included three players and five staff members, and today included a fourth player.

It is unclear when the game will be played. It reportedly will be postponed only a day or two until Monday or Tuesday night, but if more players test positive it could be postponed to later in the season, which would necessitate the juggling of bye weeks.

The Vikings’ game against the Texans is currently still on, as the Vikings have had no positive tests after playing against the Titans.

This is the first time the NFL season has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The league had been testing players daily and maintaining strict health and safety protocols, but those protocols weren’t perfect, and the outbreak within the Titans’ facility should serve as a reminder to the other 31 teams of how vigilant they need to be.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m. ET: The NFL released the following statement: “​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. Details on the new game date and time on either Monday or Tuesday will be announced as soon as possible.”

37 responses to “Titans-Steelers postponed

  1. We all knew this could happen and now it has. I think the NFL did the right thing, though I’m sure they will be criticized for it by some.

  2. Tuesday would be a good day, and should the NFL not change the Sunday game the next week, it will be a great opportunity for the Eagles to actually win a game.

  3. The Titans should have known this would happen when one of their coaches was tested positive before the Vikings’ game. Now they screw the Vikings (to the extent an 0-3 team can be screwed).

  4. bkinacti0n says:
    September 30, 2020 at 11:29 am
    Titans should forfeit if the game isn’t able to be played

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    Steelers fans wanting that free win without having to play huh?

  5. They should of cut the season to 12 Games allowing Games to be rescheduled and Bubble all the Teams that get to the playoffs and Superbowl. I’ll be shocked if we have a Full season

  6. Rather than postponing the game, it should be carried out with the players who tested positive forced to sit out and forfeit their game checks. After enough players miss games and checks, they might be a little more diligent in their personal lives to stay safe.

  7. Players that are still contracting this virus without anyone knowing leads me to believe that their daily testing isn’t accurate. If a player can still have the virus after testing negative, this season is destined to fail.

  8. I don’t see them playing on Tuesday then have to play Sunday again? That is stupid! Just play with the players you have, there is 53 on the roster and 12 on the practice squad! Is that not enough! Or forfeit your sorry team!

  9. Want to get everyone attention (players, coaches, administration)? Force the Titans to forfeit. I bet everyone will wear a mask after that happens.

  10. What did the Titans do wrong? Unless there is video to support unsafe practices by the Titan players, any of them could have caught the virus while pumping gas or buying groceries. And remember, there will be other teams that have positive tests, which could be yours.

  11. Dont get why they dont just treat infected players like injured players? Keep the game, but infected players dont play

  12. If the Titans don’t have the players or coaches to play, they should forfeit.
    The Titans have a bye on 10/25.
    Pittsburgh is off 11/01. Not sure how they will fix this in the schedule.

  13. “What did the Titans do wrong”??? Well it’s pretty obvious that protocol wasn’t followed or else they wouldn’t be infected! So, somebody didn’t social distance or somebody didn’t wear their mask properly or Somebody didn’t wash their hands.

  14. nhpats2011 says:
    September 30, 2020 at 12:07 pm
    The teams should play with the players that they have available. The game must go on
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    Uh, those players “available” could also have covid 19 and pass it to their opponent.

  15. This why I said there should have not been a cut down of rosters to 53! Should’ve stayed at 75 for at least this season because of COVID!

  16. What’s the hold up? I thought they had an expanded practice squad this year just for this purpose. Can’t the Titans just call up players from the practice squad? I may be wrong.

  17. The NFL really didn’t implement a system for postponed games huh? Maybe multiple aligned bye weeks would’ve been a good idea…

  18. Four players test positive & they can’t play on Sunday? A starting DT & the long snapper & a scrub & presumably one other. Why were the practice squads expanded? Monday’s okay but Sunday’s not. Ok.

  19. My guess is they end up playing Monday without the players and coaches who tested positive…

    Provided no other cases pop up.

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