NFL Forced to Postpone First Game Due to Coronavirus

The NFL has postponed this Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Tennessee Titans game that was scheduled to be played in Nashville after five Titans players and a handful of Titans staffers tested positive for the Coronavirus, according to ESPN. Some of the players who tested positive have been experiencing flu-like symptoms. The NFL said it plans to conduct more tests and hopes to reschedule the game early next week, NBC News.

“I know there’s going to be a lot of questions about the game and about who’s to blame and where it started. Nobody’s to blame. We’re in a pandemic,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “… This is a very unfortunate situation, but one that we’re confident that we will be able to handle safely with the football team and the players’ best interests in mind.”

The Steelers and Titans are two of the NFL’s seven undefeated teams as they head into the NFL’s fourth weekend of competition. The Minnesota Vikings played the Titans last Sunday but have had no positive results in their latest round of coronavirus testing. However, their facility was closed but is scheduled to reopen on Thursday. Both the Titans and the Vikings had suspended all “in-person club activities.”

With Tennessee’s practice facility now closed until further notice, it wasn’t immediately clear when the Titans would be allowed to prepare as a team for the Steelers game. However, Vrabel said he hopes the team’s players will study game film and find ways to work out on their own.