Titans, Patriots cleared to reopen services after no constructive checks
You may have three days to prepare for Tuesday night’s scheduled game against the Buffalo Bills in Nashville.
The New England Patriots also had no new positive test results on Saturday morning and had reopened their facility. The test results and reopenings were confirmed by a person familiar with the situation. The patriots said on Friday they wanted to practice on Saturday after working remotely for three days. You’re scheduled to play the Denver Broncos in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Monday night.
The game status of Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is not yet clear. According to the NFL treatment protocols, he was released for re-entry into the team this week after testing positive for the coronavirus. Patriot coach Bill Belichick told reporters that he didn’t expect Newton to train on Saturday, but that he hadn’t clarified Newton’s status beyond that. Belichick also didn’t say whether Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham would be the starter if Newton remained unavailable.
“One thing we’ve learned this year is that we all have to adjust to changes and adjustments and make adjustments,” Belichick said in a video press conference Saturday morning. “So let’s do that…. We take this literally, I wouldn’t even say day after day. It is more hour after hour. ”
Newton’s positive test was confirmed by someone with knowledge of the result last Saturday. The Patriots announced the day they learned a player had tested positive the previous night, but failed to identify the player, and Newton missed the scheduled game Monday night in Kansas City. Mo. Hoyer started when the quarterback lost to the Chiefs and was set in favor of Stidham during the game.
The NFL pushed back Sunday’s Titans-Bills and Patriots-Broncos games. It was the second week in a row that both teams had postponed their games. The Titans’ Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed to October 25th for Week 7 of the season.
If the Titans Bills game can be played on Tuesday evening as planned, the Bills game planned for Thursday evening in Buffalo against the Chiefs will be postponed until next weekend.
The NFL and NFL Players Association are investigating the Titans for possible violations of the league’s coronavirus protocols. That investigation includes investigating whether some Titans players conducted improper off-site training sessions while the team’s facility was closed, according to several people familiar with the matter. The Titans could potentially face significant discipline by the NFL if they are found to have violated protocols. Coach Mike Vrabel said last week that the team had followed the protocols.