Titans will not reopen facility today after another player tests positive

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The Titans had planned to reopen their practice facility today after closing it for more than a week, but those plans are now on hold.

Another Titans player has tested positive for COVID-19, and as a result the team isn’t practicing today, according to multiple reports. That raises the question of whether the Titans will be able to play their regularly scheduled game against the Bills on Sunday.

The identity of the one Titans player who tested positive has not yet been revealed. Whoever he is, he’s the 10th player on the Titans to test positive in the last two weeks. Nine staff members have also tested positive.

The Titans returned zero new positive tests on both Monday and Tuesday, which led to optimism that they had put the outbreak behind them. Now that optimism is overwhelmed by the grim reality that this pandemic isn’t behind the Titans, the NFL, or America.

24 responses to “Titans will not reopen facility today after another player tests positive

  1. An unfortunate part of our current reality… I’ve been looking forward to the Bills Titans game this weekend but that’s almost certainly not happening with this news. Best case scenario now the Titans could practice on Saturday only… I’m a Bills fan and even I wouldn’t want to face a team that only was able to hold one day of practice. But the Titans have already missed / rescheduled a game. How many more times can that happen before it’s just not feasible to reschedule anymore? What do you even do at that point, extend the regular season for the rescheduled teams and give everyone else a bye week at the end of the season before wildcard? I guess it’s possible! Hell it’s 2020, what’s NOT possible?

  2. So they should forfeit week 4 and 5. Flip the bye to 6 that’s plenty of time to isolate play Texas week 7

  3. Forfeits are not coming. They would have to prove the Titans did something wrong, like say, the Raiders.

  4. Time to go with Simms’ suggestion. The team who can’t play forfeits, all players lose their game cheques, and the NFL loses revenue. Everyone has to be aligned for the season to continue at this point. Incentivize bubbles so the NFL doesn’t have to fight the NFLPA. Please find a way to work this out, the current system is clearly broken.

  5. Daggs says:
    October 7, 2020 at 8:14 am
    An unfortunate part of our current reality… I’ve been looking forward to the Bills Titans game this weekend but that’s almost certainly not happening with this news. Best case scenario now the Titans could practice on Saturday only… I’m a Bills fan and even I wouldn’t want to face a team that only was able to hold one day of practice. But the Titans have already missed / rescheduled a game. How many more times can that happen before it’s just not feasible to reschedule anymore? What do you even do at that point, extend the regular season for the rescheduled teams and give everyone else a bye week at the end of the season before wildcard? I guess it’s possible! Hell it’s 2020, what’s NOT possible?

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    As a Titans fan I agree. We are at a huge disadvantage in this game if played. No practice, many starters out. But you gotta get the game in. It sucks, but it is what it is.

  6. I am pretty much firmly against forfeits, especially as a punishment for simply getting sick. I also believe it creates an asterisk on the entire season. But honestly, a forfeit in this game is probably better for us (Titans). I think we almost certainly lose anyway given the disadvantages we are facing if we do play. And this would give guys a chance to rest up and heal for the game in week 6. This all sucks and there is no perfect solution. And I think this is going to keep happening even if the scale isn’t the same. I mean, look at the Patriots. Gilmore just played in the game and now he’s positive. It is what it is at this point and this season, even if it completes, is a train wreck.

  7. Roger, the worst crisis manager know to mankind is on the scene. This mess will only get worse, no consistent policy, zero planning. Good job NFL.

  8. This is an incredibly unusual year. All of these missed games and practices are certainly affecting some teams more than others. So some flexibility is needed.

    The league should add a week (or even two, if needed) after week 17 for make-up games, though altering bye weeks should still be the first option for rescheduling.

    Then just have 8 teams from each conference in the playoffs. Why? As I said, some teams have been affected more than others due to covid (and not necessarily due to anything they did wrong). But most importantly, you don’t want the #1 seed sitting almost a month before they have a playoff game if weeks are added to the end of the season.

    Coaches will complain, but they seem to complain about a lot of things. Everyone just needs to be flexible and continue to follow protocols. Overall, the NFL has done a surprisingly decent job at managing a difficult situation.

  9. Titans will forfeit and drop to 3-1. Bills 5-0. Bills will get a 2 week bye to play the Chiefs at home after the chiefs play 3 games in 11 days. Chiefs will roll them. Gonna be epic.

  10. Kevin Ward says:
    “So they should forfeit week 4 and 5. Flip the bye to 6 that’s plenty of time to isolate play Texas week 7”

    – Hmmm, how does the NFL make money on a game that won’t be played? cause the NFL is in the business of making money.

  11. This highlights a point that some folks choose to willfully ignore. The virus works on its own schedule and is not 100% consistent. Some may contract the virus and test positive in a couple of days, while others may take longer before they test positive, even if they both caught it from the same incident/source. That is why the various protocols are so very important if we ever want to get this under control.

  12. I wouldn’t feel safe even putting the Titans on the field right now. To me they still are still testing toxic and what do you say to a team they play and then THEY start testing positive for COVID – 19? OOPS isn’t going to cut it.. ROGER.

  13. Teams have to get 2 practices in to be able to play a game. As of right now, the best I think they could do is practice friday and saturday ad play on Monday….

  14. Postpone the season for this month so teams can quarantine and come up with an actual plan (strict bubble). Allows us to watch this marathon baseball playoffs anyway. Come back in November and put each team on a bye at the end of every month to quarantine/rest. Who cares if the super bowl is played in March or April?

    There’s too many people involved in producing an nfl game to think that the season can be anywhere near Covid free.

  15. Neither side will ever forfeit since that will likely result in a loss of TV money and then a loss of contract money

  16. The Bills play the Thursday game next week, so this game can’t get pushed past Sunday. It is either played after after the regular season ends or not at all

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