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Two NFL Teams Forced to Shut Down Operations After COVID Outbreaks

Will the NFL season become a casualty of the pandemic?

As Americans, we shouldn’t really be all that surprised by the latest news out of the NFL, but we can be disappointed.

The coronavirus pandemic is the terrible gift that keeps on giving.  There is still no widespread and effective treatment, the only vaccine out there for COVID-19 appears to be a Russian hoax, and a wide swath of our population seems to be completely unwilling to practice social distancing.

In other words, we should have known that there was no way we’d get through the NFL season without at least some sort of hiccup.

Three players and five staffers with the Tennessee Titans tested positive for coronavirus, forcing two NFL teams off the practice field on Tuesday, the league and players union announced.

Both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings, who played host this past Sunday in Minneapolis, “will suspend in-person club activities starting today,” according to the joint statement.

The Vikings said that, as of Tuesday morning, it had received no positive tests results for anyone with their club.

The Titans are next scheduled to host to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Vikings are supposed to take on the Houston Texas. Both games are set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The statement did not make mention if those upcoming contests will be played.

The MLB faced similar trouble at the start of their abbreviated 2020 season, with nearly 20% of all of the league’s games postponed during the first weekend of action.

For the NFL, the task of managing COVID-19 risk is even larger, thanks to the increased size of the teams and staffs, as well as the reality that several organizations are actually allowing fans in the stands.

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