One more Titans player, two more staff members test positive for COVID-19

There is more terrible news coming out of Tennessee. Three more positive COVID tests were revealed this morning, including one player, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

This now brings us to 17 confirmed positive tests in the past week for the Titans. Here is the information that we know about those tests:

  • Nine are non-player personnel and that number includes multiple coaches, though it doesn’t mean that all seven are coaches.
  • Outside linebackers coach and defensive playcaller Shane Bowen is the only non-player that is confirmed to have been among that seven.
  • Eight are players, and we know that includes WR Adam Humphries, DL DaQuan Jones, LS Beau Brinkley, OLB Kamalei Correa, CB Kristian Fulton, WR Cameron Batson and practice squad TE Tommy Hudson.
  • We will find out the eight player later today when the transaction wire comes out (around 3:00 p.m. CT).
  • We know that at least one player and one non-player were symptomatic. Most of the others are believed to be asymptomatic at this point.

Whether a person if symptomatic or asymptomatic impacts the return protocol from the NFL. Our own Mike Herndon wrote an excellent piece on what needs to happen for the Titans to return their facility. You can read that piece here.

The NFL announced yesterday that the Titans-Steelers game which was originally scheduled for this weekend will now be played during Week 7.

The good news, if you’re into that sort of thing, is that the Vikings continue to test negative so it does not appear that last Sunday’s game spread the virus from team to team.

The bad news, in addition to the very human element of people being sick, is that the Titans are getting dangerously close to this situation having an impact on their Week 5 date with the Bills as well. The NFL will likely want to see at least two or three consecutive days of all negative test results before Tennessee is allowed to return to Saint Thomas Sports Park. Another day or two like this will put that Week 5 game very much in question.

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