Mike Tomlin hints at Steelers playing Titans on Monday
The game–originally scheduled for Sunday–was postponed to either Monday or Tuesday following news multiple Titans players tested positive for COVID-19.
But Tomlin told reporters–including Brooke Pryor of ESPN–he believes there is a “strong possibility” the game is rescheduled to Monday.
Mike Tomlin on possibly being disadvantaged by playing Tuesday: "Right now there's a strong possibility that it's Monday."
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) September 30, 2020
Playing on Monday would obviously be preferable for short teams. They would be on an even shorter week ahead of Week 5 if the game were moved to Tuesday, and the circumstances for this week are already rather strange.
Fortunately, the outbreak seems to be isolated, as zero Minnesota Vikings players–the Vikings played Tennessee this past weekend–have tested positive for COVID-19. Still, there is uncertainty regarding the Steelers-Titans matchup.
Tennessee’s players and coaches will not be allowed in the team facility until Saturday. It remains to be seen how they will adjust to a week of remote preparation.
Meanwhile, it appears Tomlin will have his guys prepare as if the two teams will go on Monday night.
The Steelers are one of seven undefeated teams remaining after they defeated the Houston Texans this past weekend.
Deshaun Watson and the Texans put up a good fight in the first half, but Pittsburgh’s staunch defense held that group scoreless in the second half.
The Steelers will hope to keep Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry and Co. in check in the event the game is played. If Tomlin is correct, football fans might be in for a Monday night doubleheader.