National Football League has first COVID-19 outbreak as Titans, Vikings shut down

Tanya Simon
September 30, 2020

This could be the beginning of the NFL's worst nightmare in 2020: a coronavirus outbreak on a team with players on the active roster testing positive for COVID-19.

The Tennessee Titans had three players and five personnel test positive for COVID-19, the NFL announced Tuesday, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

The Vikings and Titans played a game on Sunday before both teams shut down their in-person facilities, according to an announcement from the ESPN's Chris Mortenson.

NFL.com reports "the Vikings haven't had a positive test".

"The organization has made a decision to work remotely today as we follow National Football League protocols related to Covid-19", the statement said. Of the 36,644 tests administered, zero players and five personnel had tested positive. Both clubs are working closely with the National Football League and NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments.

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© APWF Members of the Tennessee Titans take part in the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis. "We will have more information tomorrow", the organization said Tuesday.

The Titans are scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Having shared the field with Titans players just two days prior, the Vikings are now heading into quarantine mode along with Tennessee.

Coach Mike Vrabel said Monday that Bowen was not with the team. His test result, which came back positive on Saturday, was known before the team traveled to Minnesota.

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