This will be the first time since Tuesday that the Patriots have started working in person and the first for the Titans since the NFL shut them down on September 29.
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The Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots did not test positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, and both teams are returning to their facilities.
This will be the first time since Tuesday that the Patriots have started working in person and first for the Titans since the NFL shut them down on September 29.
“We’re looking forward to having everybody back in the building today,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We’ve gone on several days now without being able to work together as a team, although we’ve had numerous meetings.”
Belichick said the Patriots would not make any long-term decisions or plans until they have more information. His goal was to spend Saturdays with a scheduled practice to maximize their time on a field.
“One thing we’ve learned this year is that we all have to be able to adapt to changes and adjustments and make adjustments, so that’s what we’re going to do,” Belichick said.
The Titans have announced plans for coach Mike Vrabel and players to talk to reporters later on Saturday ahead of practice, which will be the first time the team has been on a pitch together since defeating the Vikings 31 -30 in Minnesota on September 27.
Tennessee has now gone without a positive test for the fourth time in six days with the latest results, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Person. The person spoke on condition of anonymity as neither the NFL nor the Titans were announcing the latest results.
The Patriots had been working remotely for the past three days after testing positive for reigning NFL defensive player of the year, Stephon Gilmore. He joined quarterback Cam Newton on the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Wednesday, and the Patriots also had a defensive tackle off the exhibition squad on the list.
That keeps the Titans (3-0) on track for Buffalo (4-0) on Tuesday, with the Patriots hosting Denver on Monday after both games have been rescheduled since Sunday. The competition had already been postponed and rescheduled Titans’ game with Pittsburgh from October 4 to 25 during the breakout.
The Titans and the Patriots will be which of the successful players will be available for those games. The NFL and the players union have updated the protocols for when players who test positive can return to play, depending on whether the player has already experienced symptoms.
Belichick said he didn’t expect Newton or Gilmore to practice on Saturday. He wouldn’t respond if either were available Monday night.
“I’m not getting into a bunch of hypotheticals,” Belichick said. “We’re taking it day by day, hour by hour.”
All New York Jets players and coaches tested negative for COVID-19 after their training facility closed Friday due to a suspected positive single-player coronavirus test. The Jets posted a statement on social media on Friday night, and Sunday’s game against Arizona will be played on time.
The Titans, which have had 23 positive tests, including 21 since September 29 during the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak, and the Patriots will follow the NFL’s new protocols and its player’s union. That will continue until officials believe the teams to be safe from their epidemics.