Sports | October 7, 2020 12:11 pm

NFL, NFLPA Investigating Whether Titans Broke COVID-19 Protocol After Positive Tests

Titans players may have been working out together after the team facility closed

NFL Investigating if Titans Broke COVID-19 Protocol After Positive Tests
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel speaks with his team before a game.
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After two more Tennessee Titans players received positive test results for coronavirus on Wednesday following back-to-back days of clean tests, the NFL and NFLPA are investigating if the team is properly following COVID-19 protocol.

It is believed that some players on the Titans, who have had 20 total positive cases in the past nine days as an organization, may have been working out together offsite over the last week while the team facility has been closed, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports.

Mark Maske of The Washington Post also confirms the report.

Prior to the latest positive tests, the league was already looking into whether members of Tennessee’s organization were improperly wearing the mandatory Kinexon tracking devices, leading to gaps in the tracking data used in contact tracing. The league was also examining “whether individuals failed to timely report symptoms they or their family members were experiencing,” the NFL Network reports.

The ongoing outbreak would seem to put Tennessee’s game against the Buffalo Bills in Nashville in doubt a week after their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend was postponed.

Meanwhile, a third member of the New England Patriots — NFL defensive player of the year Stephon Gilmore — has tested positive for COVID-19. The Patriots had their game last weekend moved from Sunday to Monday after starting quarterback Cam Newton tested positive on Friday night.

The status of New England’s Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos appears to be up in the air, although it has not been moved at this point.