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COVID-19 Sacks NFL Teams, with Week 4 Games Postponed After Outbreaks in League

The 2020 chapter of the NFL record book will be filled with asterisks.

Just four weeks into the season, the NFL is already facing its first COVID-19 disaster, and what fans the league has left aren’t all that surprised.

Organized sports in 2020 have had a rough go of it, thanks to the global pandemic and the inability to bring large numbers of fans back into the fold due to safety concerns.  Some leagues chose a “bubble” method of keeping players, coaches, and staff safe, with some success.  Notably, the NBA and the MLS have been able to play out the 2020 season with minimal disruption from the virus.

For the MLB, things have calmed down late in the season, but during their first weekend back nearly a quarter of all games were postponed.

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Now it’s the NFL’s turn to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks.

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The NFL announced Wednesday that Sunday’s game between the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers is postponed after at least nine members of the Titans tested positive for coronavirus, marking the league’s first breakout since the season began Sept. 10.

The NFL issued a statement confirming the news just a day after the Titans suspended all in-person activities following a number of positive cases.

“The Steelers-Titans game, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, will be rescheduled to allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel,” the statement read.

The league has indicated that those games could be rescheduled as soon as Monday or Tuesday, but no official word has yet been given on that front.

 

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