These results were confirmed by a person familiar with the tests. The Titans Bills game, pushed back from the league starting Sunday, is the first NFL game played on a Tuesday since a Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings game in Philadelphia in 2010 that was due to a December snow storm was moved. This game will be televised nationally by CBS starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Titans had two consecutive days with no positive test results. 24 members of the organization, including 13 players and 11 employees, have tested positive for the coronavirus since September 24. 21 members of the organization, including a dozen players, tested positive during an 11-day shutdown of the organization’s team facility that ended Saturday.
“This is exactly what we are in,” Titan quarterback Ryan Tannehill said during a video press conference Saturday. “We didn’t choose that. But we’re living in the middle of a pandemic, and that came up. “
The Titans last played on September 27th when they improved to 3-0 with a win in Minnesota. The 11-day closure began two days later after eight positive test results returned.
The Titans’ facility has been temporarily closed again after receiving a positive test result on Sunday morning. But they got approval from the NFL to hold an outdoor workout later Sunday and then had no new positive test results on Monday or Tuesday.
“I just believe when someone goes into the season and thinks that there isn’t going to be a couple of positive tests or an outbreak somewhere [among] All 32 teams, I think that was kind of stupid to think, “said Titans security Kevin Byard during a video press conference on Saturday. “Obviously we weren’t trying to be the team that had the outbreak. We’re not trying to get Covid-19. “
The NFL and NFL Players Association continue to review the causes of the Titans outbreak and the team’s compliance with coronavirus protocols. The team could be disciplined by the league if it is found to have violated protocols.
Byard said Saturday he took note of comments from outsiders saying the Titans should lose games. Coach Mike Vrabel said on Saturday that he had told his players to be excited not only to get back to work but to prepare to win the game.
The bills go into play on Tuesday with a record of 4-0. Before the 2010 game, the NFL had last played a Tuesday game in 1946 when the New York Giants faced the Boston Yanks (although there was a Tuesday game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts in 1948, then at the All-America Football Conference, according to the Pro Football Reference ).