We are going to week 4 of 17 in the NFL amid the COVID-19 pandemic that left many sports world shut down this year around March 2020.
Gradually, many sports such as football resumed and finished their 2019-20 season, and the new 2020-21 has already started. However, the NFL 2020 season just continued on 11th September, which saw the reigning champions Kansas Chiefs beat Houston Texans by 34-20.
Week 4 of the NFL 2020 regular season is starting on 2nd October, where the first match will be between Denver Broncos and New York Jets, two teams that are yet to record their first win.
News coming in so far is that two NFL teams going to week 4 have altered their usual activities following confirmed coronavirus cases among the players.
These teams are Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings, who met last Sunday during week 3. The Titans (3-0) were victorious over the Vikings (0-3) with a close score of 31-30. Three Titans players have tested positive for COVID-19, thereby even forcing the Vikings to suspend in-person activities.
On Tuesday morning, the Titans received coronavirus tests, which confirmed that 3 players and 5 staff members were found positive for the deadly virus that has affected more than 33.7 million people and a death toll of slightly over 1 million globally.
On the other hand, the Vikings, who were the opponent last Sunday, haven’t announced any positive cases among their players or immediate staff, according to the NFL and players union. But it could be just a matter of time since they can subject every player and staff to coronavirus test.
NFL released a statement stating that the Titans are supposed to suspend in-person club activities starting today on Tuesday. Similarly, the Vikings are also expected to follow suit by suspending in-person activities following their meeting last Sunday with the Titans.
The statement also included how both clubs are working closely with the NFL and NFLPA, and other infectious disease experts to get hold of close contacts, perform more coronavirus testing, and monitor progress for players from both teams. They will primarily make all decisions in consideration with healthy and safety protocols set for a COVID-safe environment.
The Vikings also released a statement claiming to abide by NFL safety standards by closing its facilities. The team also confirmed they have no positive tests of coronavirus following Sunday’s game.
In mid-September, the NFL 2020 regular season resumed with no fans allowed in most stadiums, and a few top players opted out due to COVID-19 fears.
Experts have clearly stated that its quite impossible to avoid close contacts between players or staff even under strict guidelines, and there was the certainty that the NFL would report positive cases of coronavirus.
It’s unclear how long club facilities for both teams, the Titans and the Vikings, will remain closed, or even whether either team will be allowed to play on Sunday. The Titans play the Steeler, while the Vikings play the Texans for week 4 games.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.