By: Myles Sampson
The NFL has been completely free of Covid-19 cases in the past two months, but last week the Tennessee Titans were the first NFL team with a Covid outbreak in their locker room. They played the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 and they later learned they had multiple Covid positive tests. Throughout the week more and more players and coaching staff were testing positive. After a few days, the NFL and NFLPA investigated whether the Titans violated Covid-19 policies and rules. So far 10 players and 10 team staff have tested positive. They were forced to close their team facility and postpone their week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are now scheduled to play the Steelers in week 7. The Vikings were fortunate enough to have zero positive tests and they were set to play the Houston Texans over the weekend.
Also this past week Cam Newton, the Patriots quarterback tested positive for Covid, but no one else in the organization tested positive. The New England Patriots were meant to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday but the game was moved to Monday night. The Patriots have taken extra precautions by taking two planes to the game, one of the planes is all the players that came into contact with Newton, and the other plan is all the other players that did not come into contact with Newton. The Patriots will have to start their back up quarterback Brian Hoyer while Cam Newton self-quarantines. Newton mentioned in a social media post that he “will take this time to get healthy”. We do not know if Newton is symptomatic or asymptomatic. Under the NFL guidelines a player that has tested positive and does not have any symptoms can not return to the team until 10 days have passed since the first positive test. If a player has symptoms he can not return until 10 days have passed and the player must have at least a 72 hour pass since symptoms last occured. So far it seems the NFL may have been able to contain this small outbreak, but with it only being week 4, it seems as the NFL season is nowhere near safe.