Steelers vs. Titans Postponed over positive Covid-19 Tests
In response to multiple member of the Tennessee Titans testing positive for Covid-19, the National Football League (NFL) announced Tuesday that the game between the them and the Pittsburgh Steelers is postponed. The two 3-0 teams were scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Nashville.
“The Steelers-Titans game, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, will be rescheduled to allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel. Details on the new game date and time on either Monday or Tuesday will be announced as soon as possible.”-The NFL said in a statement that was released on Wednesday.
“Right now, there is a strong possibility that it’s Monday so that has been our focus as we prepare today,” said Steelers Head Coach Tomlin after the team’s practice “Not concerned about next week to be honest with you. We live one week at a time. We have an undefeated team that we are scheduled to face at the end of this week so that has been our focus as we prepare today.
“It’s been a normal Wednesday for us. Some of the other hypotheticals we choose not to participate in because we try to be singularly, professionally focused in an effort to put our best foot forward when we step in the stadium against the Titans.”
When asked if pushing the game back one day work in terms of scheduling, Tomlin replied “It really does not. We’ve had a similar schedule Week 1 when we played on Monday night on the road against the New York Football Giants. Really, it’s just a replication of that schedule to this point.”
In additions to the Titans, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they also have several members of their organization test positive for Covid-19 and have announced that there will be some enhanced protocols when they open back up. When asked if the Steelers changed anything on their end, Tomlin replied “No, we have not, not that we are not open to that. We’re open to utilizing any information or technology or tools at our disposal to best adhere to the protocols that are being prescribed to us. That’s just been our general attitude throughout all of this. Realize that there is going to be some uneasiness and uncertainty in 2020. We’re not running away from it. We embrace it.”
When asked if he reached out to Titans head coach Mike Vrabel or anyone in the Titans organization, Tomlin replied “I have not.”
Notes: The league has not announced any scheduling change in regards to the game between the Vikings and the Houston Texans. The 2 teams are scheduled to play on Sunday at 1pm in Houston.
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