NASHVILLE, TN — Following the Tennessee Titans’ Week 3 game against the Minnesota Vikings, several Titans players and staff members tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Due to the rash of positive tests, the NFL postponed Tennessee’s Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers until Week 7, and the Titans’ Week 5 game against the Bills is now in serious jeopardy.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday morning that three more members of the Titans’ organization tested positive, bringing the total to 16 infected with COVID-19.
Despite many believing the Bills-Titans game is in danger of being rescheduled, the NFL thinks they will be able to move forward as scheduled.
“They feel good about the game, it’s still on right now,” said ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler this morning. “I’m told the league is much more optimistic this time because they’ve had a full week to trace the Titans’ situation.”
As a result of the postponement of the Titans-Steelers game, the Ravens have moved their bye week to Week 7. Baltimore will now play the Steelers in Week 8, their original bye week. With the Bills’ scheduled bye week in Week 11 and the Titans scheduled to play the Ravens that week, if the NFL postpones Buffalo’s Week 5 matchup with Tennessee, rescheduling that game becomes a tricky proposition.
The NFL knew they would be dealing with unknown challenges this season, but it’s doubtful they believed they would encounter them so early in the season. Especially considering, until this week, the league’s positivity rate had remained extremely low.