Covid-19 has officially hit the Tennessee Titans. On Tuesday, the Titans came down with eight cases that involve three players and five coaches. On Monday, the Titans announced Coach Bowen did not travel with the team to Minnesota because he was on Covid protocol. Long snapper Beau Brinkley, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, and tight end Tommy Hudson have all ben placed on the Covid-19 list. The biggest question will be how many more Titans will end up on the list.
The NFL looks to be pushing the Titans to play the Steelers on Sunday. There seems to be a backup plan to play Monday or Tuesday just in case. However, no one will know for sure until the week goes by. Each day teams will have more tests, and there is a chance the number of positive cases may go up. Both Minnesota and Tennessee shut down their facilities today to deep clean. The Titans are strongly considering closing until Saturday. Should the Titans, with one day of practice, be expected to take on the Steelers Sunday? Pittsburgh has been told by the NFL to proceed like normal so expect the Steelers to practice all week. Tennessee may have to depend on technology to get them through using programs like Zoom. At the beginning of the season, the NFL reminding all teams this may not be entirely fair throughout the season. The Titans have already stated they will play Sunday, and there will be no excuses.
The Steelers will not be the only team impacted by the Titans’ positive cases. The Houston Texans home game versus the Minnesota Vikings may also fall on Monday. This past Sunday, the Titans defeated the Vikings 31-30. Minnesota had zero positive cases today, but the week is still early. The NFL is hoping there are no more positive cases this week otherwise, they may have to go with another plan.