Steelers-Titans postponed until later in season due to more positive COVID-19 tests
Despite the NFL’s efforts to have the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers play their game in Week 4, both teams will square off later in the season. Due to concerns of COVID-19, the league has officially postponed the Titans and Steelers matchup to later in 2020, per Will Brinson of CBS Sports.
Steelers-Titans postponed until later this season pic.twitter.com/NUXIdozaYk
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 1, 2020
It was revealed on Monday that the Titans had three players and five staff members test positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. As a result, the NFL forced Tennessee and the Minnesota Vikings — who the Titans faced in Week 3 — to shut down their team facilities until further notice.
Just a day after the news surfaced, the Titans placed three players on the COVID-19 reserve list. DaQuan Jones, Beau Brinkley, and Tommy Hudson were the players that were first inserted on the reserve list.
Since the original reports, there have been a few more players that have produced positive tests for Tennessee. Altogether, ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed that there are now five players and six team employees that have tested positive for COVID-19.
The two more positive tests this morning brings the total to 11 within the Titans’ organization – five players and six other employees, including some defensive assistant coaches. https://t.co/xLDB3axJ0C
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 1, 2020
When the reports first broke, the NFL was holding out hope that they could still conduct the game between the Titans and the Steelers in Week 4. The league was even discussing ways to have the game take place on Monday or Tuesday if need be.
However, with Tennessee still having positive tests later in the week, the NFL had no choice but to postpone the game. While it remains to be seen when the game will now be played, a possible idea could be to move the game to Week 7.
The Titans currently have their bye week in Week 7 while the Steelers are set to face the Baltimore Ravens. Seeing that Baltimore has their bye week in Week 8, the league could push back Pittsburgh’s game against Baltimore to Week 8 in an attempt to get the Titans game done in Week 7.