Both the Titans and the Patriots had players that tested positive before Week 4. The Titans have now had 11 players placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Cam Newton of the Patriots and Jordan Ta’amu of the Chiefs tested positive as well.
The Titans and Patriots have had more players test positive ahead of Week 5.
A morning summary:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2020
Two new positive tests in Tennessee, putting Sunday’s Bills-Titans game in jeopardy.
Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore tested positive, putting Sunday’s Patriots-Broncos game in jeopardy.
No positive tests today with Chiefs, who played Patriots on Monday night.
Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore tested positive, while Newton and Ta’amu have tested negative. Making matters worse is Gilmore was seen hugging NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes after Monday’s game.
That's Stephon Gilmore with Mahomes. pic.twitter.com/wY2GECSHgX— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 7, 2020
Surprisingly, no Chiefs players have tested positive thus far, which is a good sign. If the Patriots can limit the spread, then their game against the Broncos is plausible.
The Titans, however, are a total mess. It seems unlikely that they will play on Sunday, and they could even end up forfeiting the game. Both the NFL and the NFLPA have asked for video footage from the Titans’ facility to see if there was a violation in protocols.
Commissioner Roger Goodell warned all 32 teams that a failure to enforce protocols could lead to harsh punishments, such as losing draft picks or forfeiting games.
The NFL might have to resort to harsh measures in order to stop the spread of the virus. If things continue, the season may not last much longer.