Three weeks into the season, an NFL game is in doubt due to a COVID outbreak for the first time.
The team in question is the Tennessee Titans, who had three players and five team personnel members test positive for COVID-19, the NFL announced Tuesday. The news has led both the Titans and the Vikings, who played last Sunday, shut down their facilities until Saturday. The Vikings reportedly have not had any positive tests.
“Out of the abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” the Titans statement said. “Several tests have come back positive and are working through the process of confirming them.”
The news throws the Titans upcoming game vs. the Steelers on Sunday in doubt, though the league has yet to make a decision. It’s unclear if the same would be true for the Vikings, who would have to travel to Houston for Sunday’s game vs. the Texans without holding an in-person practice all week.
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 can return 10 days after the symptoms first appear and 72 hours have passed since any symptoms have ended.