The team offices were closed on September 29, after the NFL required the team to halt all "in-person meetings, workout or activities at the facility or elsewhere.” Titans players gathered for a workout the very next day at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
Sources confirm to @NC5 that a group of about 15 #Titans players held a workout at Montgomery Bell Academy last Wednesday, one day after the team’s facility was shut down by eight positive COVID-19 tests.— Steve Layman (@SteveLayman) October 7, 2020
Though the exact players who were present is currently unknown, Kuharsky reports that Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was present at the workout.
On Wednesday, two additional Titans players tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 22 among players and staff.
Two new positive tests for Titans this morning, per source. Their facility will not reopen today.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) October 7, 2020
Titans lineman Rodger Saffold defended the decision to flout league protocols. It's unclear if he was at the practices, but he argued that the players were protecting "their lively hood, (sic) their family, their opportunity."
Guys just don’t work out for fun this is for their lively hood, their family, their opportunity. Say what you want but I’m standing up for my team always. https://t.co/wRmlIOT4ww— Rodger Saffold (@Rodger_Saffold) October 7, 2020
Under league rules, the Titans facility must remain closed and there's a possibility that their upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills will need to be postponed or cancelled. New rules from the league require a team to forfeit their game, if their negligent handling of coronavirus protocols interrupts the schedule. However, those rules were not passed until after the Titans workout.
A player on the #Titans has tested positive for COVID-19 per source. This puts Sunday’s game between the Bills and Titans in jeopardy. Titans were expected to return to their facility today, that can’t happen now.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 7, 2020
Regarding a #Titans' forfeit:— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) October 7, 2020
The team's off-site workout violation took place Sept. 30.
The addition of a forfeit as a possibility was added to protocols in a memo yesterday.
There is no way the @NFL can apply it retroactively as a punishment.
According to the New York Times' Judy Battista, sources close to the Titans share that forfeit is not an option currently being considered.
Was told by a source that a forfeit has not been part of the conversation about the Titans situation. https://t.co/qlkmFDWuA7— Judy Battista (@judybattista) October 7, 2020
On the other side of Sunday's matchup, Bills QB Josh Allen said he trusts the league to make the correct decisions about whether or not to go forward.
I asked Josh Allen if he would be comfortable playing the #Titans after a week-plus now of positive tests.— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) October 7, 2020
"If the game does happen, I trust our staff and trust what Coach McDermott and the league tell us to do."#Bills #NFL pic.twitter.com/slYBqJ9rVP
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