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Sports Steelers coach Mike Tomlin prepares to play Sunday as scheduled despite Titans' COVID-19 outbreak

10:06  30 september  2020
10:06  30 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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While the news of this outbreak within the Titans organization has sparked discussions about potentially moving this contest, coach Mike Tomlin told reporters on Tuesday evening Watch Now: Titans Confirm Multiple Positive Covid - 19 Tests (6:43). Mike Tomlin : Steelers preparing to play .

NFL says eight players and staff have tested positive for virus. Titans were due to play undefeated Steelers The news means the NFL has its first Covid - 19 outbreak since the start of the season. The Titans are scheduled to host the Steelers on Sunday in a matchup of two of the league’s seven

NASHVILLE — Mike Tomlin is proceeding as if everything is normal.

It certainly is not — Tomlin’s Steelers on Sunday are set to face a Titans team that has been struck by a COVID-19 outbreak. Three Tennessee players — defensive lineman DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson — and five team personnel tested positive this week, jeopardizing Sunday’s game at Nissan Stadium.

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As for the Steelers , they are preparing to play Sunday as of now until told otherwise. "On Tuesday morning, the Titans COVID testing results returned three new player positives and five As of now, the expectation is both the Steelers and Titans will meet as planned for their scheduled Week 4 game.

The Tennessee Titans have shut down ALL in-person activities immediately after 3 players and 5 additional staffers have tested positive for COVID - 19 . The Titans will reportedly not be allowed back at the team facility until Saturday -- which begs the question will they play the Pittsburgh Steelers

But Tomlin said his team is going to control what it can.

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“We don’t have a lot of definitive answers,” the Pittsburgh coach said during a news conference Tuesday evening. “We’ve been given a mandate to prepare as if the game is going to be played and played on time, and so that is our mentality. We’ve gone about (Tuesday's) business from a game-planning standpoint with that mentality, and we intend to push into tomorrow with a normal-scheduled Wednesday and our slate of work for Wednesday.

Mike Tomlin wearing a hat: FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin speaks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. While Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is encouraged by the fact no players have opted out of the 2020 season, he's also wary the season will be able to go without interruption amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin speaks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. While Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is encouraged by the fact no players have opted out of the 2020 season, he's also wary the season will be able to go without interruption amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

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Both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings, who played host this past Sunday in Minneapolis, "will suspend in-person club activities starting today The Titans are next scheduled to host to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Vikings are supposed to take on the Houston Texas. Both games are set

The Tennessee Titans had eight positive COVID - 19 tests, including three players and five As a result, the Titans and Minnesota Vikings, whom the Titans played on Sunday , will suspend in-person The Steelers released a statement to Mike Garafolo saying they are proceeding with game

“We’ll take it day by day.”

Tomlin said he wasn’t concerned about traveling to face a team that has had positive coronavirus tests.

“No, we’re going to trust the medical experts,” Tomlin said. “If they deem it safe for us to proceed, then we’re going to go down there with the intentions of playing and playing to win.”

ESPN reported one of the NFL's contingency plans includes moving the game to Monday night to facilitate additional testing and contact tracing.

There also has been speculation about potentially making Week 4 a bye week for the Titans and having them play the Steelers in Week 7. Pittsburgh is scheduled to visit the Ravens that week, but both teams have a bye in Week 8, meaning their Week 7 game could be moved back.

“I’m sure they (the NFL) are pondering the possibilities as they gather information relative to the current circumstances,” Tomlin said. “I haven’t been a part of those discussions. We’re singularly focused on preparing to play. That’s the element of the equation that we can control as we sit here today.”

Similarly, Tomlin said he hasn’t spent time putting himself in Mike Vrabel’s shoes. The Titans won’t be able to practice in-person until Saturday as the Tennessee team facility has been closed and all in-person activities have been suspended.

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Titans Head coach Mike Vrabel gestures to his team before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The outbreak threatened to jeopardize the Titans ’ game this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers and posed the first significant in-season test to the league’s coronavirus

The Titans halted in-person workouts on Tuesday after multiple tests inside the organization came back positive for COVID - 19 . The Vikings, who the Titans According to the NFL, three players and five other personnel all had tests come back positive. The Vikings have not reported any positive tests, yet.

“I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about that,” Tomlin said. “I’ve got my own set of challenges. Trying to prepare our group to tackle (Derrick) Henry and so forth.”

Reach Erik Bacharach at ebacharach@tennessean.com and on Twitter @ErikBacharach.

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The Titans are scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday , and the Vikings are scheduled to travel to play the Houston Texans, but both According to ESPN, league protocol outlines that " players who test positive for COVID - 19 and remain asymptomatic can return 10 days after the test

The NFL has its first COVID - 19 team outbreak . At least nine members of the Tennessee Titans have The Titans had those results by Sunday morning. All were negative, meaning every coach At the moment, both are still scheduled to play Sunday . That could change in the coming hours and


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Steelers-Titans rescheduled for Week 7, while Steelers-Ravens moved to Week 8 .
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans will play in Week 7 and the Steelers will face the Baltimore Ravens the next week.The NFL has tweaked its season schedule after the Week 4 matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests among the Titans.

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