Two Titans players test positive for COVID-19; return to facility on hold

The hope for a reopened facility in Tennessee is on hold after additional positive tests.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday morning that two Titans players tested positive for COVID-19, per a source informed of the situation.

The news comes after two consecutive days of all negative tests out of Nashville, with the Titans hoping to return to the team facility. The latest positives throw another monkey wrench of uncertainty into the plans.

The Titans have dealt with a rash of positive COVID-19 tests since its Week 3 game in Minnesota, with multiple players and team personnel contracting the virus. The outbreak led to the postponement of the Titans’ game last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which has been rescheduled to Week 7.

The hope had been that a string of days sans positive results could allow Tennessee to resume its schedule. Pelissero reported that Sunday’s game between the Bills and Titans is currently on the schedule, but the league is in the process of evaluating.

Last week, the NFL and NFLPA sent representatives to the Titans facility to ascertain whether there was any break in protocol that lead to the outbreak in Tennessee.

On Tuesday, the league announced adjusted protocols with an emphasis on enhanced safety measures, including video monitoring to ensure all policies are being followed at team facilities, and on diligence in wearing personal protective equipment. In a Monday memo, the NFL threatened forfeiture of games if a team is unable to play due to a COVID-19 outbreak caused by failing to follow protocol.

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