The Tennessee Titans closed their facilities until Saturday after three players and five team staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, the NFL announced on Tuesday.
The eight new positive tests were confirmed after further testing, a source told ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. Those who tested positive were asymptomatic as of Tuesday morning, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
The Titans, citing “plenty of caution,” released a statement claiming they stopped work in person on Tuesday. The Minnesota Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, did the same, though the team said there were no positive tests until Tuesday morning.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-1
For the Vikings, the league contact tracing has identified 48 close contacts with the eight Titans members who tested positive, sources told Graziano, and the Vikings will not return to their facility until all test results have been published. discussed, sources told ESPN.
The NFL has released a statement saying both the Titans and the Vikings are working with the league and the NFLPA and medical officials “to assess close contacts, perform further testing and monitor developments … with health and safety as our consideration primary “.
The Titans were without outside linebacker coach and defensive playcaller Shane Bowen for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings due to the COVID-19 protocol. Bowen was put on the protocol after getting test results Saturday before the team left for Minnesota.
The team already had no offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, who was included in the COVID-19 protocol earlier this month. Manager Mike Vrabel had said he hoped Wilson could return to the pitch this week.
No decision has yet been made on Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville, a source told ESPN.
Players who test positive for COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic can return 10 days after the test or after five days with two consecutive negative tests within a five-day period. Those who show symptoms may return 10 days after the first onset of symptoms and it has been 72 hours since the symptoms disappeared.
All players who test positive must be authorized by the team doctor and undergo cardiac testing.
ESPN’s Turron Davenport and Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.