Mike Vrabel: Some Titans players have COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive

By Vincent Frank
Nov 3, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; A Tennessee Titans helmet lays on the sidelines during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Some star professional athletes who have been infected with COVID-19 in the past have shared horror stories. A specific Major League Baseball All-Star comes to mind.

It’s not simply a virus that impacts the elderly and those with preexisting conditions, no matter what some people might want you to believe.

The NFL world is now starting to deal with this reality after the first three weeks of the 2020 season went off without a hitch amid the pandemic. A total of four Tennessee Titans players have tested positive for COVID-19, leading to their Week 4 game against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers being postponed.

We now have an update from the Titans. It’s not great.

Head coach Mike Vrabel says some Titans players are showing COVID-19 symptoms

“My concern is always with the safety and the health of our players, their families, our staff, and their families. And then also, the individuals that have tested positive, I think their mental state is strong,” Vrabel said in a conference call Wednesday while noting that some players are feeling ‘flu-like symptoms,’ according to the team’s official website.

Vrabel did not discuss further what said symptoms entailed. However, he did mention that they were nothing out of the normal and expects said players to feel better sooner rather than later.

As for the Titans’ regularly-scheduled Week 4 matchup against Pittsburgh, the NFL hopes to play it on either Monday or Tuesday. The league has had protocols in place that deal with what to do if a team experiences an outbreak.

Tennessee took on the Minnesota Vikings last week, barely inching out its third consecutive win to open the season. The good news here for the NFL is that every Vikings COVID-19 test has returned negative. Their game against the Houston Texans slated for Sunday should not be impacted.