The Titans were scheduled to host the Steelers on Sunday, but after a handful of Titans players and personnel testing positive for COVID-19, the NFL has announced that it is postponing the contest to a later date in the season.
On Tuesday the news broke that the Titans had a total of eight new positive tests following their game in Minnesota against the Vikings; three player positives and five personnel positives. Minnesota had no positive tests, but both teams shut down in-person activities immediately.
The hits kept coming for Tennessee on Wednesday as an additional player tested positive and the final piece to this unfortunate puzzle came on Thursday after an additional Titans player and an additional personnel member tested positive.
The NFL released a statement about the postponement of Sunday’s game:
The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game scheduled for Week 4 will be rescheduled to later this season after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19 today. An announcement of the new game date will be made shortly.
The decision to postpone the game was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel. The Titans facility will remain closed and the team will continue to have no in-person activities until further notice.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 1, 2020
It was originally reported that Sunday’s game could be played either Monday or Tuesday, but with the additional positive tests, the league elected to push it to a later date.
The Titans-Steelers game is the first on the NFL’s regular-season slate to be moved to a later date.