The Tennessee Titans are in the spotlight after nearly two dozen members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19.
The Titans closed its facilities Sept. 29 after several players and staff were diagnosed with the virus. The franchise instructed against “in-person meetings, workouts or activities at the facility or elsewhere” as a result.
But some players apparently didn’t listen.
According to team reporter Paul Kuharsky, a group of players convened at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville on Sept. 30 for a workout, despite the NFL’s directions not to do so. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill reportedly was in attendance.
(You can check out a photo of the reported workouts here.)
The NFL recently has opened an investigation into what sparked the outbreak and whether it was linked to any violations of the league’s coronavirus health and safety policies. And while this reported workout wasn’t the catalyst of the initial outbreak, it certainly could have helped fuel the fire.
Some Titans players responded to the report, though they didn’t necessarily deny it. Rodger Saffold was one of them.
As of Wednesday, 22 Titans players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19.
The NFL has tightened and added to its COVID-19 policy since the string of positive tests around the league, threatening forfeits and the docking of draft picks if teams are found to be responsible for violating protocol.
We’ll see what happens with Tennessee.