Tennessee has shut down its team facility temporarily. In a statement Sunday, the Titans announced that they have temporarily closed their facility after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network confirmed that the employee was a Titans coach. The Buffalo Bills are expected to host Tennessee on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET in a game which had already been rescheduled earlier this week. “In communication with the league on the next steps. “in communication on the next steps with the league.
The decision to close the facility comes just one day after Tennessee returned to the practice field after a COVID-19 outbreak between players and coaches for the first time this month. After nearly two weeks following consecutive days of negative COVID-19 checks, the facility was eventually reopened. On Sunday, the streak was broken.
After several players tested positive for COVID-19 following their Week 3 game against the Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee initially closed its facility on Sept. 29. The NFL transferred their Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to Week 7 after more Titans players were put on the reserve / COVID-19 list during the week.
In the midst of their shutdown, the NFL and NFLPA are also looking into some illegal workouts involving Titans players, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported. The inquiry is continuing.
Despite all that, upon the return of the team to the facility, Titans coach Mike Vrabel told reporters that the team would be ready and concentrated on the Bills and would not use any kind of excuse ahead of Tuesday’s delayed match with Buffalo.
This week, Tennessee got some positive news when two players were activated off the reserve / COVID-19 list Saturday — rookie tackle Isaiah Wilson and practice squad defensive back Greg Mabin.