After making adjustments to its Week 4 schedule, the NFL has decided to make some changes for Weeks 5 and 6 following more COVID-19 positive tests in the Tennessee Titans organization.
The Buffalo Bills were set to visit the Titans this Sunday at Nissan Stadium. But the league has decided to reschedule the Week 5 game for next Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Bills were slated to host the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in Week 6 on Oct. 15. The league is now moving that game up to Sunday the 18th, per Schefter.
Schefter noted that the Bills-Titans game will be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday “as long as there are no more positive tests,” and that the Week 6 game against Kansas City will be pushed back if there “more positive tests in Tennessee.”
Because multiple Titans players tested positive for COVID-19 after their Week 3 road game against the Minnesota Vikings, their Week 4 home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed.
That game has been rescheduled for Week 7 on Oct. 25; the Steelers were initially scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens that day. Their game will instead be played on Week 8, and the Ravens will have their bye in Week 7.
Kansas City’s Week 4 home game against the New England Patriots was moved from Sunday to Monday after Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. Players on both teams were then tested, and after the results came back negative, the league gave them the green light to play on Monday. Kansas City won that game 16-10.
Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore has also tested positive for COVID-19. Although he’s asymptomatic, Gilmore won’t be playing in Sunday’s Week 5 home game against the Denver Broncos.
The NFL obviously has a long way to go in regards to finishing out the 2020 season. Some have speculated that the regular season could be shortened if more outbreaks occur. We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out, but hopefully there aren’t any more outbreaks.
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