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Tennessee Titans close facilities following COVID-19 outbreak

The NFL encounters its first real test of the COVID-19 pandemic

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday morning it was announced that the Tennessee Titans are suffering an outbreak of COVID-19. It was announced that several players and staff members have tested positive for the disease following Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The NFL and NFLPA released a joint announcement stating that the facilities for both teams would be closed and all work would be done remotely while disease experts conduct testing and tracing protocols.

The Titans placed practice squad DB Greg Mabin on the COVID-19 list, and head coach Mike Vrabel confirmed Monday that outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen is in the COVID-19 protocol following a positive test on Saturday.

Since then, eight additional players and staff members tested positive, prompting the response from the teams and league.

The Vikings don’t yet have any positive tests, but are suspending in-person activities while they perform their own testing and tracing protocols.

Jason LaCanfora of CBSsports is reporting that the NFL has informed teams that their week 4 games could be postponed.

This situation might not directly impact the New York Giants, but it does serve as a stark reminder of the circumstances under which the league is playing. We’ll keep you up to date on the story as it develops, including what impact it might have on the NFL’s calendar for Week 4.