NFL Postpones Titans-Steelers Game Due to Positive Player COVID-19 Tests

Jadeveon Clowney (99) of the Tennessee Titans during a regular season Monday Night Football game Sept. 14, 2020
Jadeveon Clowney (99) of the Tennessee Titans during a regular season Monday Night Football game Sept. 14, 2020 (Image credit: Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images)

The National Football League has postponed the Oct. 4 Tennessee Titans-Pittsburgh Steelers game after several Titans players tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to ESPN. 

The league Wednesday said in a Tweet that the game would be rescheduled “to allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of the players, coaches and game day personnel." Four Titans players as well as five team personnel members tested positive for the virus this week, according to ESPN.

In its statement, the NFL said the Titans-Steelers game could be played as early as Monday or Tuesday. In the meantime, the Titans have closed their team facilities through Saturday, according to ESPN. 

The postponement marks the first game affected by the COVID-19 outbreak since the league launched its season four weeks ago. The postponement comes as college football looks to ramp up play on the field. Last week the Pac-12 voted to play a seven-game, conference only season beginning Nov. 6, joining the Big Ten in reversing initial season cancellations due to the pandemic.  

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