After COVID-19 outbreak, Titans eager to return vs. Bills

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel says his players want to get back to work.”Our guys prepared for the season, they want to play,” he said Wednesday. “I know they are anxious to get back out on the practice field and to continue to play games. And to compete against a very good Buffalo team that is 4-0.”Yet the potential matchup of AFC unbeatens that was rescheduled for Tuesday night between the visiting Bills and 3-0 Titans — negative COVID-19 tests permitting over the coming days — is not the feature attraction. Tennessee’s struggle with the pandemic over the past two weeks remains the main storyline.Dating back to the day before their 31-30 road win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 27, the Titans have seen 23 players or staff members test positive for COVID-19. Among the players affected are their top two receivers, Corey Davis and Adam Humphries.Tennessee’s scheduled Week 4 home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed until Oct. 25, and the Titans set themselves up for possible league sanctions. The NFL is investigating whether the team followed protocols before and during the situation, as an informal players workout on Sept. 30 at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville reportedly raised the league’s ire.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said this week that teams in violation of league rules concerning COVID-19 protocols could be subject to punishments ranging from fines to lost draft picks to even forfeits.Vrabel doesn’t expect any of the players presently on the COVID-19 list to play against Buffalo.”I think we’re just going to have to let this play out,” he said of players’ possible return dates. “Let the protocols work themselves out as it relates to the time away. We’re just going to try to prepare the team and take the 48 guys that we feel give us the best chance to win.”As for the Bills, they have looked the part of a team taking the next step from surprising playoff team to legitimate contender. Their 30-23 road win last week over the Las Vegas Raiders gave them a two-game cushion at the quarter pole on longtime AFC East power New England.

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