Titans coach Mike Vrabel tests positive for COVID-19 after joint practices with Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he tested positive for COVID-19 during a Zoom call with reporters on Sunday. 

Vrabel said he had a sore throat Sunday morning and decided to get tested. He is now in quarantine and will follow the NFL's COVID-19 protocols. 

"We'll be fine. We'll figure this thing out," Vrabel said. "I don't think anyone who has been tested this morning has tested positive." 

The fourth-year coach will have a PCR test done Monday. Per NFL protocols, fully vaccinated and asymptomatic individuals can return after two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. If he has two negatives within a 48-hour period, he can return to camp in-person, he said. But if not it would be 10 days.

Titans, Buccaneers held joint training camp 


The Titans defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34-3, in preseason action on Saturday in Florida. The two organizations held a joint week of practices ahead of the contest. Vrabel, 46, was seen talking with Buccaneers players, including quarterback Tom Brady and his son, Jack, the newest Bucs water boy. 

Mike Vrabel spent quite a bit of time chatting with Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and his son Jack during joint practices this week. This is from @GeorgeWalkerIV of @Tennessean. Vrabel just announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be quarantining. pic.twitter.com/8CdKVJ4QKV

— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) August 22, 2021

Coaches and players are required to wear contact chips for how who they have been near and for how long. It helps with contact tracing. Vaccinated coaches and player exposed to a COVID-19 positive person do not have to quarantine, but are tested more regularly. 

The Titans experienced a coronavirus outbreak early last season that forced the postponement of games in Week 4 and 5. 

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