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Titans head coach Mike Vrabel tests positive for COVID-19

Mike Vrabel

The 2021 NFL season begins on September 9, but the league is already once again dealing with the COVID-19 issue.

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was the latest to announce that he has tested positive for the virus and he will be away from the team.

Vrabel announced to the media that he would get another COVID-19 test on Monday to confirm the positive result, but he is currently in quarantine and following the extensive protocols set forth by the league. The Tennessee Titans just spent a week in a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before playing them in Week 2 of the preseason.

The NFL is now conducting contact tracing for both the Titans and the Buccaneers to determine if anyone else will have to quarantine. All players and coaches are required to wear a chip that tracks close contacts in the case that someone tests positive.

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Vrabel sent a text to his team before revealing the news to them over a Zoom meeting that he tested positive. The head coach is experiencing some COVID-19 symptoms despite being vaccinated, and the entire Titans coaching staff has also been vaccinated.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a vaccination rate of over 92 percent, according to head coach Bruce Arians, and that number will be close to 100 percent before the start of the season. The NFL has announced a number of new rules and regulations that can come into play if an unvaccinated player tests positive for COVID-19.

Tennessee is hopeful that this positive case from Vrabel will not lead to an outbreak similar to what occurred during the 2020 season. The Titans had 24 members of the organization test positive for the virus in less than a month, prompting the team to make several schedule changes along the way.

A.J. Brown Ready For Season Opener

The Tennessee Titans did recently get some good news as one of their most important players is expected to return for the season opener. Wide receiver A.J. Brown is expected to be ready for the season opener despite missing a number of practices of late.

Brown suffered an injury to his right knee and he was not a participant during the joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past week. He was on the sideline for the preseason game against Tampa Bay, but Tennessee held out a majority of the starters in that matchup.

The Titans are hopeful that Brown and his knees will be able to hold up throughout the season after he had procedures down on both legs during the offseason. The wide receiver missed a pair of games during the 2020 season due to a bone bruise, but the team has not announced if his latest absence is related or not.

Brown was a Pro Bowl selection a season ago, and he will play a big role in the passing game this season. The Titans brought in wide receiver Julio Jones in a trade this offseason to give the offense an additional weapon.

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