[Report] NFL Plans To Play Titans-Steelers Week 4 Game Despite COVID-19 Outbreak

The Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings both experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, but the league isn’t planning to postpone this Sunday’s game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL is still planning to play the Titans-Pittsburgh Steelers Week 4 game. One contingency plan is to move the game to Monday night if necessary, per Schefter.

It’s unclear if the Vikings Week 4 Sunday game, a road contest against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium, will be played. The league hasn’t made a final decision on either of these two games.

The Titans and Vikings suspended team activities after their game on Sunday. According to Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, three Titans players and five personnel members tested positive.

As of this writing, the Vikings haven’t announced any positive tests.

The Titans are the first NFL team to report a COVID-19 outbreak. Unlike the NBA and NHL, the league isn’t conducting city bubble cities.

Major League Baseball opted to have all 30 teams play games at their own stadiums, with no fans in attendance. However, several teams experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, which forced them to run a plethora of doubleheaders in a shortened 60-game season.

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The Titans didn’t have any fans in attendance for their home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team was recently approved to allow up to 10 percent capacity for their three October home games: This Sunday against Pittsburgh, Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills and Week 6 against the Houston Texans.

It’s unclear if fans will still be allowed inside the stadium this Sunday following the Titans’ outbreak.

The Titans (3-0) are one of seven undefeated teams through the first three weeks, along with the Bills, Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks. Tennessee is one game up on the Indianapolis Colts (2-1) for first place in the AFC South.

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