Titans, Vikings Close Facilities After Eight Positive COVID-19 Tests
By Jason Hall
September 29, 2020
The Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings have reportedly closed their facilities after eight individuals tested positive for COVID-19.
The Titans reported positive cases for three players and five personnel members, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo reported through sources close to the situation. Tennessee said it will keep its facility closed until Saturday, citing an "abundance of caution" in a statement issued to ESPN.
The Vikings, who hosted the Titans in a 31-30 loss last Sunday, have not reported a positive test, but will also close their facilities in an "abundance of caution."
The NFL issued a statement to ESPN saying both franchises are working with the league, the NFL Players Association and medical officials "to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments ... with health and safety as our primary consideration."
Tennessee outside linebackers coach and defensive playcaller Shane Bowen missed Sunday's game due to COVID-19 protocol after getting test results back Saturday before the Titans left for Minnesota, ESPN reports.
The Titans are also without offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, who was placed into COVID-19 protocol earlier this month, but head coach Mike Vrabel said its possible Wilson could return to practice this week prior to news of the facility closing.
ESPN reports a decision has not been made regarding the status of the Titans' game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville, which is scheduled to be the team's first home game open to the public at a limited capacity.
Players who test positive and remain asymptomatic are permitted to return to their team 10 days after the test or after five days with two consecutive negative tests within a five-day period in accordance with the NFL's COVID-19 protocol. Individuals who show symptoms are allowed to return 10 days after the symptoms initially appear and 72 hours after they have ended.