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Multiple NFL games, including the Titans-Steelers and Chiefs-Patriots matchups, were postponed or moved to different venues following positive Coronavirus cases across several teams late last week, according to NBC News.
The NFL postponed the Titans-Steelers game early last week, just a day after the league said it hoped the teams would play Monday or Tuesday. Another positive test result Thursday, however, led to the postponement and Friday’s rescheduling. The news comes after the Tennessee Titans had an outbreak of virus cases last week, even as Coach Mike Vrabel has said he’s very confident that the Titans have followed the league protocols precisely and that nobody was to blame for this outbreak during the pandemic. “We continue to follow protocol from the NFL that was set forth, and that continues to change and adapt and adjust,” Vrabel said Thursday. “Whatever the NFL tells us that we’re required to do and we’re supposed to do as positive tests come in, that’s what we’ll do.”
The postponed Patriots-Chiefs Week 4 game was rescheduled for Monday night at 7:05 p.m. ET, according to a statement on the NFL website. This follows Patriots quarterback Cam Newton testing positive on Saturday. “Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately entered self-quarantine,” the Patriots said in a statement Saturday. “Several additional players, coaches and staff who have been in close contact with the player received point of care tests this morning and all were negative for COVID-19.” The game was postponed on Saturday morning after Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta’amu both tested positive for COVID-19. Both players have been placed on the reserve/COVID list and are ruled out of the Week 4 matchup.
All of the Patriots’ and Chiefs’ POC tests from Sunday morning came back negative. There have been no other positives besides Newton and Ta’amu from the past few days. “Further testing of players and personnel on both teams returned no new positives from Saturday and Sunday testing,” the league said in a statement. “The clubs also worked closely with the NFL and NFLPA and infectious disease experts to conduct contact tracing and post-COVID exposure protocols are now in effect for both teams.”
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