There is growing sentiment around the NFL that the Tennessee Titans should forfeit their upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills rather after yet another player test positive for COVID Thursday morning.
Former NFL receiver Torrey Smith tweeted that he believes the Titans should have to take the loss rather than get the game rescheduled and it appears that a lot of people in the NFL agree with him, as reported by Matt Miller and Ed Werder.
The Titans should have to take a loss and play next week because of their irresponsible actions.— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) October 8, 2020
The Tennessee Titans continue to have an all-time disastrous start to the season, as they have had yet another player test positive for COVID Thursday morning, along with an inconclusive positive test from Wednesday also being confirmed positive, bringing the organization's total to 23 positive tests, including players and team personnel.
The team was already reportedly being investigated about whether or not they violated the league's mandated health and safety protocols after photos emerged of several players gathering for practice after the team had shut down operations due to the initial outbreak. If they are found to be guilty of violating protocol, they could face severe punishment from the league, including fines and/or loss of draft picks.
However, this suggestion of a forfeit may be more difficult than it seems, as Chris Mortensen reported that would mean the Bills' players having to give up their gameday pay as well.
Then @Bills players would not be paid game check under revised COVID-19 terms.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 8, 2020
It's hot-button topic players are discussing among each other.
Roster sizes, game-day actives, IR modifications and COVID-19 designations were among conditions put into place to avoid this scenario https://t.co/PU42wH3Fnj
The NFL is currently trying to figure out how the schedule can possibly work, and according to Dianna Russini, there is a tentative plan in place that would be as complicated as you might imagine.
"I’m told by #Titans and #Bills players they were told there is an option of playing their Sunday game on Monday or Tuesday in Nashville," Russini tweeted. "If that happens, Thursday night’s game between the Chiefs at Bills would be moved to Saturday. This all just being discussed."
What will end up happening? At this point, it's truly anybody's guess.