The N.F.L. has moved the Pittsburgh Steelers-Tennessee Titans game — originally scheduled for Sunday — to next week to allow more time to test members of the Titans team for the virus. On Tuesday, three Titans players and five employees tested positive. And in a separate testing, a fourth player tested positive as well, according to NFL network.
The outbreak is the first in the league since the beginning of the 2020 season played during the pandemic.
The league announced its decision in a statement and said the game, originally scheduled for noon local time on Sunday in Nashville, had been moved “to allow additional time for further daily Covid-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel.” The league said it would announce the new date and time for the game as soon as it could.
The Titans halted in-person activities on Tuesday after learning that members of the organization tested positive for the virus. The team has not disclosed the names of those who tested positive.
Another employee, the outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen, did not accompany the team to Minnesota for Sunday’s game against the Vikings in accordance with Covid-19 protocol, which forbids anyone who tests positive or has been exposed to someone who has from traveling.
The Minnesota Vikings, who hosted the Titans on Sunday, had not received any positive results as of Tuesday morning, they said in a statement, but also shut down in-person activities.