Post­poned Steel­ers-Ti­tans game shifted to Week 7

Ravens to face Pitts­burgh a week later

Daily Press - - Sports Scoreboard - By Teresa M. Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Ten­nessee Ti­tans now know when they are resched­uled to play the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers af­ter the first NFL game post­poned by a COVID-19 out­break.

Get­ting back into their own build­ing de­pends on the re­sults of con­tin­ued test­ing. The Ti­tans’ out­break ex­panded by two more play­ers test­ing pos­i­tive Fri­day, push­ing the team’s to­tal to14 within the past week.

The out­break forced the NFL to post­pone Ten­nessee’s game from Sun­day to Oct. 25 in Week 7, forc­ing the Steel­ers into their un­planned bye. Pitts­burgh now will play Bal­ti­more on

Nov. 1 with the Ravens’ bye now pushed to Week 7 in­stead of Week 8, which had been the bye for both teams.

Of­fi­cials from the NFL and the play­ers’ union also were in Nashville on Fri­day, meet­ing with the Ti­tans and re­view­ing the way the team is han­dling the mat­ter. The NFL and the play­ers’ union also agreed to con­tinue daily test­ing, in­clud­ing bye weeks, for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

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 a 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.

The Min­nesota Vik­ings (0-3) again had no pos­i­tive test re­sults Fri­day, leav­ing them on tar­get to visit Hous­ton (0-3) on Sun­day as sched­uled af­ter los­ing 31-30 to the Ti­tans last week. The Vik­ings re­turned to work and prac­tice at their fa­cil­ity on Thurs­day.

The Ti­tans (3-0) in­stead find them­selves on an un­ex­pected bye, hop­ing to re­turn to work in­side their own build­ing Mon­day or Tues­day. But fur­ther test­ing could de­lay that re­turn, and more pos­i­tives could jeop­ar­dize the Ti­tans’ next sched­uled game Oct. 11 against the Buf­falo Bills in Nashville.

With the NFL reschedul­ing their game with the Steel­ers, the Ti­tans an­nounced Fri­day that ca­pac­ity will be ex­panded from the planned 10%, or about 7,000, to 15% with 3,000 more seats avail­able.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.