The Tennessee Titans had an additional positive player test for COVID-19, while the latest round of coronavirus testing did not yield positive results for the Minnesota Vikings, an NFL spokesperson told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
The league found no close contact with the Titans player whose test came back positive Wednesday, which indicated to the NFL that his isolation procedures are working in this case, the spokesperson said.
The NFL announced Tuesday that three Titans players and five team staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus. The three players – starting nose tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and tight end training team Tommy Hudson – have been placed on the reserve / COVID-1
The Titans have closed their team facilities until Saturday.
While no official decision has been made on the Titans game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville, the NFL wants and intends the game to be played as scheduled, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday. One of the contingency plans to allow for further testing and contact tracing would be to move the game to Monday night, a source told ESPN.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday the team is continuing to prepare for Sunday’s play.
“We were told during training camp that this could happen … We were told there could be a situation where, if you are not careful and there have been some COVID issues here in Pittsburgh, we may not be able to train us until Friday or Saturday, ”Roethlisberger said. “… I don’t want to say that’s what it is, but that’s why the plan was put in place to have guys, to be prepared and why so many people, even in Pittsburgh and Tennessee, are diligent about not going out. and be reckless. “
The Vikings, who played against the Titans on Sunday, said on Tuesday they had no positive tests during that morning’s test round. The Vikings also closed their squad facilities on Tuesday.
“This is not unexpected,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote to each team’s CEOs and presidents Tuesday in a memo, which was obtained from ESPN. “There will be players and staff who will be positive during the season.”
The next Vikings game is Sunday at the Houston Texans.