Following the temporary closures of the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings team facilities due to Covid-19 precautions, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a league-wide memo calling for all personnel to “remain diligent in implementing all of our health and safety protocols to the fully extent.”
In the memo, obtained by CNN from a source within the league office, Goodell acknowledged that he had expected coronavirus cases to arise during the season.
Now that two teams have had to halt in-person activities, Goodell reemphasized that all players and staff must wear personal protective equipment and to carefully regulate “behavior and contacts outside of the club facility.”
Some background: Earlier on Tuesday, the Titans revealed three players and five staff members tested positive for Covid-19. The Vikings, who played the Titans this past Sunday, have not announced any positive cases but closed their facilities as a precaution. The Titans are scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.
Goodell said the league has reviewed contact tracing data for anyone who has come in close contact with the eight members of the Titans, including game officials, and has isolated the individuals.
"Each of us has a special responsibility to keep others safe and healthy. What each of us does affects not only ourselves and our immediate families, but many others on our own club and on other clubs," Goodell said.