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Will Titans-Bills play as scheduled in Week 5?

Positive Covid-19 tests following Week 3 are now putting the Titans Week 5 matchup with the Bills in question.

General view of Nissan Stadium as seen from downtown prior to the first round of the NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Tuesday AM update: The Titans have had no new positives overnight, so Bills-Titans would appear to be a go for Tuesday evening.

Monday AM update: The Titans had no new positives from Sunday’s round of testing, which leaves them on track to play Tuesday evening, per Tom Pelissero.

Sunday AM update: The Titans announced they have had a staff member test positive on Sunday morning. The team closed its facility and is in communication with the league about next steps.

Saturday AM update: The Titans had no new positives on Saturday morning and are set to reopen their facility, according to Jeremy Fowler. The Bills-Titans game remains on track for Tuesday.

Friday AM update: The Titans have no positives Friday morning, per multiple reports, so the clock does no reset on returning to their facility. The Tuesday game remains on track for now to be played.

Thursday PM update: The Titans-Bills matchup has been moved to Tuesday and Bills-Chiefs the following Thursday has been moved to that next Sunday. If the Titans have more positives and Titans-Bills is postponed, Bills-Chiefs will move back to Thursday.

Thursday AM update: The Titans had another new positive on Thursday morning, per Adam Schefter, which means the facility will remain closed. It’s hard to see the Bills-Titans contest happening this weekend.

Wednesday AM update: The Titans have had two new players test positive for Covid-19, per Paul Kuharsky. The facility will not open on Wednesday a previously planned.

Tuesday AM update: The Titans had a second consecutive day of no positive tests, per Ian Rapoport. The team could potentially return to its facility on Wednesday.

Monday AM update: The Titans had zero positive tests on Monday, per Ian Rapoport. If they have a second consecutive day of no positives on Tuesday, they could theoretically return to their practice facility on Wednesday.

Sunday AM update: The Titans went through another round of testing on Saturday and had another two people come back positive — one player, one non-player. The team will not be returning to the facility until they have at least two consecutive days of no positives, per Ian Rapoport. Titans-Bills is very much in jeopardy for Week 5.

The Tennessee Titans have had their Week 4 game with the Pittsburgh Steelers pushed back to Week 7, and now there is a chance their Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills could be in jeopardy. Another Titans player and two staff members tested positive for Covid-19 following Friday testing. This brings the total to eight players and eight other members since this week’s testing began on Monday, according to Adam Schefter.

The Titans’ Nashville facility has been shut down to the team since the positive tests starting coming in. The hope had been to return by Saturday, but as long as positives continue to happen, the facility will remain closed.

There will need to be some number of days of no positive tests before this outbreak will be declared complete. Until that happens, the Titans remain sidelined from practicing and thus cannot play in a football game. The continued run of positive tests opens the door to their Week 5 game against the Bills being postponed.

If the Bills-Titans game has to be pushed back from Sunday, it would have to be moved to another week. The Bills are scheduled to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in Week 6, which means their Week 5 Sunday game could not be moved to Monday or Tuesday.

The Bills have a bye week in Week 11, while the Titans are scheduled to face the Ravens that week. Considering the Ravens already had their Week 8 bye moved to Week 7 because of the Titans-Steelers re-scheduling, changing this matchup becomes a bit more complicated. This will be something to track as we continue through the weekend and into next week.