The Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots shut down their facilities Sunday morning after more positive COVID tests. The Patriots and Broncos game, which was moved to Monday night, has now been postponed. The Patriots and Broncos will play next week. As of this writing, The Titans and Bills game is still on. However, that could change as one game has already been postponed.
Titans and Patriots Still Testing Positive
The Titans had two days of no new positives and reopened their facility after an outbreak that caused multiple Titans to test positive for COVID-19. Titans players and organization have been under intense scrutiny, as players violated protocol and held workouts at a high school in Tennessee. Early Sunday morning, when it was expected the Titans were out of the woods, an assistant coach has now tested positive—prompting the NFL to shut down the Tennessee facility once again.
The Patriots are Not Out of the Woods Yet
The Patriots were also dealing with an outbreak of their own. Quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID last week. And couldn’t play in the Monday Night game against the Chiefs. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore tested positive in the following days after the game, forcing the Patriots to have their facility shut down. Since then, three more personals on the Patriots have tested positive. However, another positive on Sunday morning has now caused the Patriots and Broncos game to be postponed.
The domino effect this will have on the NFL is already being seen. Next week’s game between the Broncos and Dolphins will be played later in the season to make room for the Patriots to play the Broncos next week. New England originally had their BYE week next week. That has now changed as this week will count as the Patriots BYE week. Nevertheless, the Patriots and Titans and outbreaks have thrown the NFL into even more uncertainty. It remains to be seen how the NFL handles this situation moving forward.