With the Tennessee Titans next on the schedule, their recent COVID outbreak has spark concerns for the Houston Texans.
Other than a few false-positive tests, the Houston Texans have not had a COVID-19 outbreak through the first five weeks of the regular season. The protocols set in place by team personnel and the league has kept the Texans safe.
As former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien once claimed, “NRG Stadium is the cleanest building in Houston.”
As they begin to make preparations ahead of their Week 6 opponent, the Texans will have to take extra precautions facing a team that has been hit the hardest by the pandemic.
Forced into a 16-day hiatus that began the morning of Sept. 24, the Tennessee Titans became the first organization to experience a teamwide COVID-19 outbreak. Twenty-four members tested positive for coronavirus, with their most recent case taking place early Sunday afternoon.
“I think that everybody has to have some confidence in the league and that they are going to stay on top of it to make sure that they have had negative tests for consecutive days before they put them on the field,” interim head coach Romeo Crennel said on Monday. “I think there may be some apprehension by some guys, but I think for the most part, guys will go play and feel decent about playing.”
The Titans are not the only team in the league who experienced an outbreak. Headlined by Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore, the New England Patriots have been dealing with the virus within their organization. The results led to the postponement of their Week 5 match against the Denver Broncos.
In total, the NFL has seen 47 confirmed cases across the league over the past two weeks.
“We’re hoping we can keep it out of our building, but it’s definitely a tough situation because you just don’t know what could happen,” Randall Cobb said. “It’s been very frustrating but this is what we signed up for. Guys had the opportunity to opt-out before and this is where we stand right now.”
Since Sunday, Tennessee has not had a positive test over the last 48 hours.
For the first time in over two weeks, the Titans took the field to resume their season in the NFL’s first Tuesday night game in 70 years. They prevailed to stay undefeated with a 4-0 record, following a 42-16 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
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