October 7, 2020 | 4:51pm | Updated October 7, 2020 | 4:53pm
The virus-stricken Titans reportedly broke COVID-19 protocol multiple times and may be forced to forfeit a game as part of a potential punishment.
Several players held an off-site workout last week while the team was supposed to be in quarantine due to multiple players and staff members testing positive for the virus, according to Titans insider Paul Kuharsky, who was sent photos of the workout.
The team reportedly was told by the NFL that “no in-person meetings, workout or activities at the facility or elsewhere” should be held following the positive tests, Kuharsky reported.
The outbreak, which has infected 20 players and staff members so far, within the Tennessee organization forced the Titans-Steelers game to be postponed, and now Sunday’s Bills-Titans game is in doubt.
There was hope Tennessee would be able to reopen its facility Wednesday, but there were two additional positive tests of players, NFL Network reported.
Fifteen players, quarterback Ryan Tannehill reportedly among them, took part in the workout at Montgomery Bell Academy last Wednesday, Newschannel 5 in Nashville found.
More photos emerged of Titans players breaking protocol by not wearing masks in the team facility prior to the outbreak, the NFL revealed in a COVID-19 conference call with head coaches and general managers, according to Sports Illustrated.
The NFL in a memo Monday threatened forfeits for COVID-19 violations. ESPN’s Dan Graziano mentioned the possibility of a forfeit on “Get Up!” on Wednesday morning, though it is unclear if the league would levy such a punishment retroactively.
The Titans’ alleged workout was Sept. 30.
The team on Wednesday added receiver Corey Davis to their reserve/COVID-19. That list, dedicated to players who either contracted the virus or came in close contact with someone who did, now consists of Davis, Adam Humphries, Jefferey Simmons, DaQuan Jones, Kristian Fulton, Kamalei Correa, Beau Brinkley and Isaiah Wilson, along with practice squad players Cameron Batson, Greg Mabin and Tommy Hudson, according to ESPN.
The NFL also is looking into whether the Titans were using masks and track devices as advised and reporting symptomatic players in a timely manner.
Titans offensive guard Rodger Saffold responded to the report of the infringed practice on Twitter, writing that, “Guys just don’t work out for fun this is for their lively hood, their family, their opportunity. Say what you want but I’m standing up for my team always.”
Star receiver A.J. Brown tweeted, “A jury couldn’t convict to say that is us in that photo. I plead the fifth. Y’all stay safe out there,” but eventually deleted the message from social media.