The Tennessee Titans’ recent Coronavirus outbreak — a total of 13 people have been tested positive for Covid-19, including seven players — has caused the league to change its schedule.
After already announcing postponing the team’s Week 4 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this week, the league has now officially moved the game to Week 7. In a corresponding move, the Steelers’ Week 7 game against the Baltimore Ravens will be played one week later than originally scheduled.
The league sent out the following release on Friday afternoon about the change:
The Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans game originally scheduled for Week 4 on Sunday, October 4, has been rescheduled for Week 7 on Sunday, October 25 at 1:00 PM ET on CBS.
The Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens game will move from Week 7 (October 25) to Week 8 on Sunday, November 1 at 1:00 PM ET on CBS.
The Steelers and Titans now each have a Week 4 bye and the Ravens bye, originally set for Week 8, will now be in Week 7.
Moving the Titans’ game to later in the season does make sense from the league’s perspective: it gives the club some more time and flexibility to get its outbreak under control. That said, with two more players testing positive on Friday, there is a chance that the team’s game against the Buffalo Bills next week also is in jeopardy.
The changes up until this point have no direct impact on the New England Patriots, but they do touch one of their opponents: the team will host the Ravens in Week 10, which is now three weeks after Baltimore’s bye instead of two.