As a part of the NFL-NFLPA agreement on the protocols regarding the league’s response to COVID-19, all teams are required to submit Infectious Disease Emergency Plans for approval prior to opening training camp. The Titans are 1 of 20 teams that have approved plans on file according to the NFLPA.
The only AFC South team without an approved plan is the Colts, but all 32 teams have submitted a plan for approval at this point.
The handling of COVID cases will be a constant storyline in the background of this NFL season, but it’s at least good to know that the Titans’ plan has already been approved. There have been no Titans with a publicly reported positive test to this point, but it would almost be surprising if there wasn’t at least one case found by the time the first wave of full team test results come back this week.
Six players were added to the reserve/COVID list, including a couple players who played college ball in Tennessee.
Six NFL players have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, per today’s transaction wire: pic.twitter.com/arAFUvJaAM— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 26, 2020
Players added to the reserve/COVID list are effectively on temporary IR, but can return to the roster as soon as they are medically cleared to do so. If a team promotes a practice squad player to the active roster to replace a player going on reserve/COVID, that player can be returned to the practice squad without going through waivers once the sick player is cleared to return.
All of these rules are going to take some getting used to, but if they allow us to safely have a football season, I’m all for them.