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Titans shut down in-person activities after positive COVID-19 tests

Sep 29, 2020, 8:10 AM | Updated: 8:18 am

(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)...

(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Multiple members of the Tennessee Titans organization have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

Three players and five personnel members have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the NFL. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero first reported the positive cases.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen added that both the Titans and the Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee’s Week 3 opponent, have suspended in-person club activities until further notice. The Vikings have no known positives, per Pelissero.

Per NFL and NFLPA protocols, the original samples will be tested again, a new PCR test and a point of care test.

The suspension of in-person activities in the Titans facility are expected to last until Saturday, per ESPN’s Dianna Russini. No coaches or players will be allowed in the building, with everything leading up to Sunday being done remotely.

As for the Vikings, the team announced that it has no positive coronavirus tests but will suspend in-person club activities.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano said there were 48 close contacts with the eight people who tested positive in Tennessee.

“Out of abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” the Titans said in a statement. “Several tests have come back positive and are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow.”

The Vikings are scheduled to play the Texans in Houston on Sunday, while the Titans are slated to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville. No decisions have been made as to if the games will be postponed, per Russini.

“Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts. perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the NFL said in a statement. “All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration.”

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