Earlier in the day, the NFL announced the Titans’ game against Pittsburgh Steelers not held during week 4 At long last. The league announced this on Wednesday hoped to move the game from Sunday to Monday or Tuesday.
“I am very concerned because we are basically only going into our fourth week of the season and we are already postponing a game. It is very worrying,” Rosenhaus said on CNBCs “Squawk on the street.” “This has to be a big wake-up call for the NFL. … It could happen to any team, any week.”
The NFL’s decision to postpone the game came after two additional Covid-19 cases among the Titans, increasing the number of players and staff who tested positive over the past week until 12.
“As Dr. [Allen] Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, has repeatedly said that as long as the pandemic is endemic to our society, there will be positive tests among staff and players. This was not unexpected, “a league spokesman told CNBC in an email.” These positive tests further underscore the need to carefully implement all of our comprehensive health and safety protocols in full. ”
Rosenhaus said he believed in the NFL’s safety and coronavirus Test protocols are appropriate, and he commended the league for responding to coaches who did not wear face-coverings during games. It distributed Fines of nearly $ 2 million to coaches and their teams.
“We are dealing with a pandemic. I am not sure where to point the finger except at anyone associated with the NFL, me as an agent, player, coach, administrator,” he said. “Everyone has to be vigilant, follow the protocol, be careful.”
Ryan Tannehill # 17 of the Tennessee Titans calls signals at the border during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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After hearing the news about the Titans, Rosenhaus sent a note to all of his NFL customers reminding them to be vigilant and “stay informed about this situation as it will affect the livelihood of everyone in the future.” could”.
The NFL does not play their season using the so-called “bubble” strategy adopted by professional sports leagues such as the NBA and WNBA. Both basketball leagues are now in their championship series in their respective bubbles in Florida.
MLB who didn’t use a bubble for their regular season even had several games postponed as a result of Covid-19 outbreaks in teams. The baseball league has its own bubble strategy for the playoffs and world serieshoping to minimize travel and reduce the risk of outbreaks.
The NFL has not announced the scheduled date for the Titans Steelers game. However, Rosenhaus emphasized the gravity of a game that had to be postponed due to the coronavirus, noting that the league could virtually execute his college draft This spring, close out the free agency and hold training camp. “That hits hard. You’re not playing a game this week,” he said.
“I think anyone who was confident must be very shaken,” added Rosenhaus. “They pray for a speedy recovery for everyone who has had this terrible disease, but for everyone who took it lightly or was carefree … man, you think differently right now.”
– – CNBC’s Jabari Young contributed to this story.