A new set of positive COVID-19 tests has forced a second consecutive Titans game to be postponed. Unbeaten Tennessee’s home matchup with 4-0 Buffalo, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday.
The NFL announced the date change along with the rescheduling of Sunday’s Broncos-Patriots game to Monday evening after a positive test result for New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
“These scheduling decisions were made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts,” the league said in a separate tweet.
The Tennessean reported that the team registered three positive tests between Wednesday and Thursday, bumping the total outbreak to 23 members of the organization (13 players) dating to Sept. 24. The team announced Thursday afternoon that tight end MyCole Pruitt and defensive Breon Borders had been added to the team’s COVID-19 reserve list.
The Titans (3-0) had their Week 4 game against the Steelers postponed after an initial outbreak of the coronavirus within the team. That game was rescheduled for Week 7, and Week 4 became both teams’ new bye week.
When will Bills play in Week 5?
The Bills are tentatively scheduled to face the Titans on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. ET in Nashville. The league used a qualifier in announcing the new date, however: “Should the Buffalo-Tennessee game be played on Tuesday night … ,” a sign that testing needs to go well the next few days for the game to go on.
When will Titans play in Week 5?
The Titans will host the Bills on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. ET. The game, if it is played, will air on CBS. Almost two dozen members of the Tennessee organization have tested positive for the virus, according to the Tennessean, since Sept. 24.
Titans under NFL investigation
The Titans’ large number of positive tests has led to an NFL investigation into the possible cause of the outbreak. The Tennessean reported that players held informal workouts at a local school Sept. 30, a day after the NFL told the team not to engage in any in-person activities. A memo from commissioner Roger Goodell lists forfeits and loss of draft picks as possible punishments for teams that force schedule adjustments by not following league protocols, the Tennessean also reported.
Bills vs. Chiefs Week 6 game affected
Buffalo was scheduled to host Kansas City on Thursday, Oct. 15, but that game will now be played “later in the weekend,” the league said, should the Bills play the Titans on Oct. 13. Fans are angry at the idea of the Bills still having to face the Chiefs in an important AFC game on short rest while the reigning Super Bowl champs get extra rest; they’re playing the Raiders on Sunday.
Material from Stats Perform News was used in this report.