The Week 5 matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills has been moved from Sunday to Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, the NFL announced Thursday. Similarly, the Denver Broncos-New England Patriots contest was also pushed to Monday at 5 p.m. ET.
For the second straight week, the Tennessee Titans won’t play their Sunday game as scheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak among players and personnel. Between Thursday and Sunday of last week, 18 members of the team tested positive for the virus. The outbreak now includes 23 members — 13 players and 10 personnel — dating back to Sept. 24.
After two days of clean test results Monday and Tuesday, the Titans returned three more positive tests on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Their game against the Buffalo Bills will remain scheduled for Tuesday as long as Tennessee doesn’t register more positive tests leading up to their Week 5 game.
The NFL and the player’s association are currently investigating reports that Titans players held a workout at a Nashville school on Sept. 30, just one day after the club closed its facility. Those who participated claim they were not aware that workouts had been banned on Sept.29.
The Bills, who were scheduled to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football to kick off Week 6, will now face the Super Bowl Champs on Sunday of that week. If the Titans are unable to stay clean, the Bills-Chiefs game will stay scheduled for Thursday evening.
The Denver Broncos-New England Patriots game originally scheduled for Sunday at 4:35 p.m. ET has been pushed to Monday at 5 p.m. ET as part of an ESPN double header. The decision to postpone the game was due to virus concerns linked to the Patriots. The team currently has three players on the COVID-19 list, including quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
The Patriots are taking extra precautions and will continue to prepare for Monday’s game via virtual meetings and no practice on Friday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there were no new cases after Thursday morning testing or overnight testing.
Before the game was officially rescheduled, reporters asked Broncos coach Vic Fangio if he had a contingency plan. Fangio said, “there’s not a lot of thought that has to go into it, you just adjust.”
“I think everybody wants the game to be played on time, as scheduled. We certainly do. But we understand with COVID that there’s going to be some improvising and adjusting… If they change it, we’ll adjust and be ready to go,” Fangio explained.