NFL postpones Titans-Steelers Week 4 game after positive Covid-19 tests

Key Points
  • The NFL postponed Sunday's Tennessee Titans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game after the Titans revealed eight new Covid-19 cases.
  • The Titans played the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.
  • There is no official word on this Sunday's Vikings-Houston Texans game.
Malcolm Butler #21 of the Tennessee Titans knocks the ball away on a deep pass to Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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The National Football League postponed Sunday's Tennessee Titans-Pittsburgh Steelers game due to eight positive Covid-19 cases. It's the first NFL game to be postponed due to the coronavirus. 

The NFL said Sunday's game 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 league wanted to reschedule the game for next week but released a statement announcing it postponed the contest until "later this season after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19" on Thursday.

The NFL said Tuesday the Titans returned positive tests from three players and five other team personnel. The team played the Vikings in Week 3, wining 31-30. The NFL said both clubs would suspend "in-person club activities."

With both clubs unable to practice, the NFL also faced concerns about competitive fairness as the clubs' opponents had access to team facilities and were able to have in-person practices. As of now, it appears the NFL will allow the Vikings contest against the Houston Texans to stand this weekend.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the Vikings said they haven't received any positive tests, but the team did close its practice site.

Major League Baseball faced several similar incidents during its shortened regular season this year, with games postponed after players and staff tested positive for Covid-19.

This article was updated to reflect Thursday's announcement by the NFL to postpone the game until a later date.