The NFL has postponed Sunday’s matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers after several Titans playersfor coronavirus. The announcement marks the first schedule change of the season due to positive test results.
“The Steelers-Titans game, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, will be rescheduled to allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel,” the league said in a statement Wednesday. “Details on the new game date and time on either Monday or Tuesday will be announced as soon as possible.”
Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel on Wednesday said some players who tested positive were experiencing flu-like symptoms, but the staff was confident they could handle the situation safely. “We are not interested in trying to blame anybody, said Vrabel during a conference call. “We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make the players safe and that this doesn’t happen again. (The players) said, ‘Coach, we’ll play whenever they want us to play, and under any circumstances, we’ll prepare the best that we can, and we’ll play. ‘There’s been no pushback.”
The Titans, who closed their facilities “out of an abundance of caution” on Tuesday, were working through the process of confirming the positive cases and testing the rest of the team. Four Titans players and five other personnel have tested positive for the virus, according to NFL Network. The Vikings, who played the Titans last Sunday, also closed their facilities, but have yet to report any positive cases. The team is still on schedule to play the Houston Texans on Sunday.
This is the first outbreak among an NFL team during the season. A string of cancellations could spell disaster for the league’s schedule in the coming weeks.