Tuesday Night Football between the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills is a go after every one of the COVID-19 tests for the Titans came back negative early Tuesday morning.
Tuesday marks the second consecutive day where the Titans had not received a single positive test, after a staff member tested positive Sunday morning.
It has been 17 days since the Titans last took the field for a game. This extended hiatus from the gridron is due to the fact that 24 members, including 13 players, of the Titans organization have tested positive for COVID-19 since September 24.
The Titans have been battling the coronavirus for such a long time that some of the players to initially test positive are now healthy enough to suit up for tonight’s game against the Bills.
Key players like defensive lineman DaQuan Jones and long-snapper Beau Brinkley were activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday.
The #Titans activated DL DaQuan Jones and LS Beau Brinkley from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 11, 2020
The Titans’s rookie offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson and defensive back Greg Mabin were also removed from the list on Saturday.
With less than three hours to kickoff on Tuesday afternoon, the Titans announced that cornerback Kristian Fulton along with linebacker Kamalei Correa have been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
The NFL has put in place a series of protocols that outline when it is acceptable for a player to return to action following a positive test.
Titans: Return from COVID-19 List Protocols
If a player is to test positive for COVID-19, but does not show any symptoms the NFL mandates that the player cannot be cleared until after ten days have passed since the positive test, or five days have passed since the positive test and the player has produced two negative tests at least 24 hours apart during those five days.
For players who test positive and are symptomatic, the league will clear the player to return after ten days form the time symptoms first appeared AND it has been 72 hours since he last experienced symptoms.
The NFL/NFLPA's COVID-19 testing treatment protocols for those who've tested positive. (Different scenarios based on whether someone is symptomatic or asymptomatic): pic.twitter.com/l03cg69vjT— John Glennon (@glennonsports) September 29, 2020
Below is the list of the six Tennessee Titans players who remain on the reserve-COVID-19 list with both, their five-day mark along with their ten-day mark since initially reported as having tested positive for coronavirus.
- Adam Humphries: Wednesday October 7 & Monday October 12
- Cameron Batson: Wednesday October 7 & Monday October 12
- Jeffery Simmons: Thursday October 8 & Tuesday October 13
- Khari Blasingame: Friday October 9 & Wednesday October 14
- Corey Davis: Monday October 12 & Saturday October 17
- MyCole Pruitt: Tuesday October 13 & Sunday October 18
While not every Titans player will return exactly after the mandatory amount of time is up, it is important to note that these are expected return dates based on when it was reported that each player had been sent to the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Jeffery Simmons tweeted Tuesday about him being excited to “see” his teammates play, indicating he will not return to play the Bills.
Excited to see my brothers go to war today!! Let’s go!! We all we got, We all we need! #TitanUp
— Jeffery Simmons (@GrindSimmons94) October 13, 2020
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