Things are starting to look a lot better in Nashville. For the second straight day, the Tennessee Titans have had zero players test positive for COVID-19.
After their week 4 win over the Vikings, the Titans ran into some serious trouble. A total of 20 staff and players tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the league to postpone their game against Pittsburgh.
However, it appears the Titans can get back on track with their undefeated season. They received all negative tests for a second time, so their facility is set to reopen tomorrow.
Source: Another good morning, as the #Titans had zero positive COVID-19 tests. That’s two in a row. There is a potential the facility could open tomorrow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 6, 2020
Day 2 of all negative test results for the #Titans per sources. This means the team can get back to practice at the facility on Wednesday and the game against the Buffalo #Bills in Nashville is as scheduled. Great news for everyone.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 6, 2020
They’ll have a short week to prepare for it, but their week 5 game against Buffalo will go ahead as scheduled. Both teams are undefeated thus far.
Goodell Issues Stricter COVID Protocols After Tennessee Titans Positive Tests
Following the situation in Nashville, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a scathing memo to all 32 teams. The memo, which was 2 pages long, says that violations affecting the schedule may result in docked draft picks or forfeits.
It also detailed a list of new rules, including the following.
- Longer onboarding process for free agent tryouts
- Limitations on number of weekly tryouts
- Bans on gatherings outside team facilities
- New video monitoring process to ensure teams’ compliance with rules
Here is a snippet from the memo:
“Protocol violations that result in virus spread requiring adjustments to the schedule or otherwise impacting other teams will result in additional financial and competitive discipline, including the adjustment or loss of draft choices or even the forfeit of a game.”
“Simply put, compliance is mandatory. Now is the time to recommit ourselves to our protocols and best practices for the duration of the season.”