August 14, 2020

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Titans facility to remain closed for now

Titans facility to remain closed for now

While NFL teams have been given the go-ahead to reopen beginning on Tuesday, the Tennessee Titans will not be one of them for now.

The Titans facility at St. Thomas Sports Park will remain closed for the time being, but could possibly reopen at a later date.

The NFL gave teams permission to reopen beginning Tuesday as long as it meets local and state guidelines for reopening, according to a league memo from Commissioner Roger Goodell obtained by Albert Breer of SI.com. Meanwhile, while most of Tennessee has now been open for a couple of weeks now, Metro Nashville just began the reopening process on May 11 with restaurants at 50 percent capacity and other businesses opening with limitations and restrictions. However, other businesses remain closed in the city. Players will not be allowed in the facilities for now unless they are rehabbing an injury during the first phase of reopening. This reopening is for non-football staff and can only be at 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 75 people in the facility at one time.

“Clubs may reopen their facilities beginning on May 19 if they are permitted to do so under governing state and local regulations, are in compliance with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction, and have implemented the protocols that were developed by (NFL Chief Medical Officer) Dr. (David) Sills and distributed to all clubs on May 6. Clubs unable to meet these criteria on May 19 may reopen their facilities on the earliest date thereafter on which they are able to meet the criteria,” Goodell’s memo said.

According to Judy Battista of NFL.com, even for the facilities that are allowed to open, coaches will not be allowed in until all teams can reopen their facilities. According to Battista, about 10 teams remain unable to open due to local stay-at-home laws.

The Titans have been holding their off-season meetings through Zoom and players have been conducting their own individual workouts as part of that process.

A few players have been able to get together some, as quarterback Ryan Tannehill and tight end Jonnu Smith are both in South Florida and have thrown together on their own a few times since the coronavirus outbreak caused facilities to shut down.

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