As the Minnesota Vikings continue their preparations to travel south to take on the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon, it appears that luck has continued to be on their side when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just like every other day since their opponent last week, the Tennessee Titans, have experienced a significant outbreak of the virus, the Vikings have again had no positive tests among their players and staff. The team is still planning on departing for Houston today after a final walkthrough on Saturday afternoon, and that game is still scheduled for noon Central time on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in Tennessee, another Titans player has tested positive for the virus, as have two more members of the team’s staff. This brings the number of Titans’ personnel that have tested positive for COVID-19 this week to 16, including eight of their players. Their game for this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers has already been postponed and no rescheduled date has been announced at this time.
With the incubation period that the virus had, NFL and NFLPA officials have reportedly been expecting today to be the big indicator of whether or not the outbreak had stopped or at least slowed down, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.
NFL/NFLPA expectation has been that Fri/Sat testing numbers would tell the tale re: Titans, Vikings, given what they know about incubation period. 3 more Titan positives today, but if no one's been in contact w/each other since Monday, IDEALLY this is the end of it, or close.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) October 3, 2020
Now, I’m obviously not a medical professional, so it isn’t for me to say whether or not the Vikings are completely out of the woods on this yet. However, so far, they managed to dodge this bullet and, at this time, are still scheduled to kick off in Houston tomorrow afternoon.
Obviously, if anything changes on this front, we will let you know immediately.