The Tennessee Titans, how the Steelers play in Week 4, are experiencing a Covid-19 outbreak amongst their team. Multiple players and coaches have already tested positive and the team has cleared out from their training facility.
There is a lot of discussion about what the NFL should do with this game. A move to Monday night is possible, both teams have a bye week in Week 8 of the season. There has also been talk of a forfeiture or cancellation. Despite rumors flying all day about the possible outcomes it looks, as of right now, that the NFL is planning on having the game played as scheduled. With a possible Monday Night switch as a back-up plan.
NFL wants to and intends to play the Titans-Steelers game as scheduled Sunday; one of the contingency plans to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to occur would be to move the game to Monday night, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2020
Two starters for the Titans have been placed on the Reserve Covid-19 list after testing positive:
The #Titans put LS Beau Brinkley and NT DaQuan Jones on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, per the transaction wire.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 29, 2020
According to sources the Titans also told their players to be ready to play on Sunday whether or not they are able to practice this week. That would mean no scout team, no on field game planning, no hitting, and no practice time to get a new long-snapper ready.
That would be a major advantage for the Steelers, but could also force the league’s hand into making a change with the game to not unfairly impact the Titans.
Both teams currently stand at 3-0. This is also an interconference game that could have an impact on playoff seeding down the line.