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NFL’s Titans, Vikings shutdown following outbreak as 3 players and 5 staff from Tennessee test positive for COVID

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Mark Inabinett

Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

Three weeks into its coronavirus-pandemic season, the NFL has its first COVID-19 crisis. The Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings suspended in-person activities on Tuesday because of positive test results.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” the Titans said in a released statement. “Several tests have come back positive and we are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow.”

The NFL announced eight people associated with Tennessee had tested positive on Tuesday.

“On Tuesday morning, the Titans’ COVID testing results returned three new player positives and five new personnel positives,” the NFL announced. “The Titans will suspend in-person club activities starting today. Likewise, the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities. Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA, including our infectious-disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments. All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”

The Titans defeated the Vikings 31-30 on Sunday.

On Sunday, Tennessee is scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota is supposed to visit the Houston Texans.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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