Quick recap – the Tennessee Titans are suddenly the epicenter for COVID-19 in the state after more players tested positive. Everything is linked back to the team breaking protocol and practicing even after players tested positive.
Earlier this week, the Commissioner informed teams that outbreaks caused by team failure to follow COVID-19 protocols could result in a game being forfeited. With the Titans, who apparently have committed multiple protocol breaches, potentially forced to miss a second straight game, a forfeit could be an option.
Judy Battista of NFL Media reports that, as of Wednesday afternoon, a forfeit hadn’t been discussed. Now that the Titans have yet another player who has generated a positive COVID-19 result only three days before kickoff, that could change.
Clay Travis, ever the shit-stirrer, thinks the team all getting COVID-19 might be a blessing in disguise come playoff time.
Smart of the Titans to go for herd immunity now. We don’t want a player testing positive before the Super Bowl. Chess, not checkers.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 8, 2020
Alright, he’s obviously kidding, but it’s worth thinking about in the big picture.
The Titans are currently 4-0 and look like early Super Bowl contenders from the AFC.
A loss in week 5 – via forfeit – wouldn’t kill the season. If the team is able to postpone the game AND get half the roster healthy and COVID-19 free, that’s a double bonus.
People on Twitter had other ideas about the Titans’ chances and Travis’s observation.
Why? Do they all gather together and watch the Superbowl at Tannehill's house every year? What a nice tradition 😛
— Annie-state (@AnnieLiko) October 8, 2020
titans won’t play in the Super Bowl because there won’t be any players left
— Karen Rovell (@ItsKarenRovell) October 8, 2020
[via Clay Travis]