NFL Teams on Lockdown After Titans Players Test Positive for COVID-19
Tennessee and the Minnesota Vikings closed their facilities after the positive tests
The Tennessee Titans and the Minnesota Vikings have closed their facilities after eight members of the Titans tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN reported.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, three Tennessee players and five team personnel members tested positive for COVID-19, leading the team to immediately shutter their facility. Since the Vikings played the Titans on Sunday, Minnesota followed suit in order to be as cautious as possible.
Before they were announced, the eight tests were confirmed as positive after additional testing.
“Out of the abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” the Titans said in a statement. “Several tests have come back positive and are working through the process of confirming them.”
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported there were no positive tests with the Vikings when the team was notified this morning about Tennessee’s tests.
“The Titans will not be allowed in their building until Saturday,” according to Russini. “Everything will be done remotely. This is going to be a big challenge for the organization and the league.”
The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement on Twitter officially addressing the situation. “Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” according to the statement. “All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”
As of now, no decision has been made about the Titans game this weekend game against the Steelers in Nashville. The Vikings are supposed to travel to Houston to take on the Texans.
Prior to Tuesday’s news, the NFL had reported zero positive tests for players in its most recent release of testing data across the league.
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