Update: The Vikings released a statement announcing they have not received any positive COVID-19 test results as of this morning but they are still shutting down for the time being out of caution.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 29, 2020
Per Ed Bouchette, the Steelers released a statement saying they’ve been told to prepare for this week’s game as normal until told otherwise.
According to Tom Pelissero, the Titans have suspended team activities after having three players and five personnel members test positive for COVID-19.
Pelissero reports the Vikings have also suspended team activities for the time being.
The Titans released the following statement:
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 29, 2020
Mark Maske of the Washington Post says the positive tests are confirmed and there’s no current suspicion of this being a false positive situation.
He adds the NFL is going “day by day” with Tennessee’s situation and will evaluate the shutdown of in-person activities based on expert consultation and testing results, leaving the door open for the team to get back into the facility before Saturday.
Titans OLB coach Shane Bowen tested positive for COVID-19 this past weekend and did not make the trip to Minnesota for the team’s road game against the Vikings.
However, it appears the virus still spread and the Titans have suffered the first COVID-19 outbreak of the 2020 season.
The Titans are scheduled to host the Steelers this week and the Vikings are scheduled to visit the Texans, so this will be a major test of the league’s protocols as it works to play during the pandemic.
We’ll have more on the situation as the news is available.