NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The NFL has rescheduled the Tennessee-Pittsburgh game to Oct. 25 in Week 7 as a result of the Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak.
The league announced the scheduling changes Friday, hours after the Titans’ outbreak expanded by two more players to a total of 14 within the past week.
The Titans said the game will be played at noon at Nissan Stadium. Since it's been rescheduled for a later date, 15% of the stadium's capacity will be allowed to attend instead of 10%.
The organization said limited 300-level seats will be available to Tennessee Titans PSL Founders who currently do not have tickets for the game and did not defer their 2020 season tickets. Details on how and when to purchase tickets will be emailed on Monday.
The latest positive cases come one day after the NFL announced the team would not play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4. That game is being rescheduled for later in the season.
List of COVID impact for #Titans:— Steve Layman (@SteveLayman) October 2, 2020
OLB Coach Shane Bowen
P Squad DB Greg Mabin
DT DaQuan Jones
LS Beau Brinkley
P Squad TE Tommy Hudson
LB Kamalei Correa
CB Kristian Fulton
2 New Player Tests
6 Unidentified Staff Members
Isaiah Wilson remains on COVID list from before. @NC5
Additionally, ESPN's Adam Schefter said if the organization has additional positive cases this weekend, next weekend’s Titans-Bills game "would be in jeopardy."
The Titans announced on Tuesday that it was shutting down facilities until Saturday in response to the confirmed cases.
The Titans' outbreak marks the biggest COVID-19 scare the NFL has experienced to date. Because the team traveled to Minnesota over the weekend for a game against the Vikings, both teams suspended in-person operations starting Tuesday.
This weekend's game was supposed to be the first game of the season fans would be allowed inside Nissan Stadium. Dr. Alex Diamond, with Vanderbilt Sports Medicine, agreed with the NFL’s decision to postpone the Steelers game.
“Certainly it’s disheartening and difficult to cancel games and reschedule, but certainly I agree it’s the right move to make,” said Dr. Diamond.
While the Titans are the first to deal with COVID-19 in the NFL, Dr. Diamond predicts they won’t be the last. He says all NFL teams should be prepared to shut down operations for two weeks, in order to ensure the virus doesn’t continue to spread.