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The Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers will not play their week 4 game after two additional positive COVID-19 cases were announced by the NFL Thursday afternoon.
The news comes after player DaQuan Jones, Kamalei Correa, Beau Brinkley, Tommy Hudson and five team employees tested positive for the virus earlier this week.
The NFL postponed Sunday’s game to the following week, but it’s more likely the game will be pushed back to week 7 or 8.
“The decision to postpone the game was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel,” the NFL said in a statement. “The Titans facility will remain closed and the team will continue to have no in-person activities until further notice.”
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expressed his “disappointment” about not playing this week but acknowledged that this is what this year’s season is bringing.
“…We understand the nature of this environment we’re in 2020; and so we’re just adjusting accordingly,” said Tomlin. “But there’s disappointment, no question; we’ve worked extremely hard at the beginning portion of this week in preparation for what we thought was an opportunity versus an undefeated team in their venue.”
The coach went on to explain that the team will go into a bye week and make the best of the situation at hand. This is the NFL’s first major outbreak of COVID-19 on a team.
The Titans played the Minnesota Vikings this past week but the Vikings have not reported any cases of COVID-19.
The NFL has been consistently testing its players, coaches and staff, but the NFL has not placed its teams in one location to prevent outbreaks.
A new game date for the Titans and the Steelers has yet to be released.
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