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There’s part of the United States that just have not been smart when it comes to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s why this country remains ground zero for the virus about nine months after it hit our shores.

We can now include the NFL’s Tennessee Titans as a recent case study. Tennessee’s Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was rescheduled for Oct. 25 after multiple members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. That total is now up to two dozen.

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We’re now hearing more from Nashville. To say it isn’t good would be a major understatement.

Titans broke NFL COVID-19 protocols

Titans insider Paul Kuharsky also has photo evidence of the workout that was said to have taken place one day after the team’s facility was shut down due to the outbreak. That’s not terribly smart given that the NFL is in the midst of investigating the Titans. In a conference call earlier this week, the league threatened forfeits for teams that break its COVID-19 protocols.

Should Titans have to forfeit games for breaking NFL COVID-19 protocols?

  • The simple answer to this question is yes. The Titans’ idiocy has forced teams to reschedule their seasons moving forward. That now includes the Pittsburgh Steelers playing 13 straight weeks after they had to take a Week 4 bye.
  • How is this fair to other teams who have done their best to help make sure the 2020 NFL season goes on amid the pandemic? What happens if Tennessee’s game against the Bills slated for Week 5 is postponed? How will that impact the competitive balance when it comes to a Super Bowl contender in the Bills? Should they now have to play Week 18 because of what the Titans did?
  • In the end, Tennessee should certainly be punished for breaking the NFL COVID-19 protocols. That means losses to both the Bills and Steelers. Period!
Vincent Frank
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