With the Tennessee Titans slated to return to the field following a COVID-19 outbreak, general manager Jon Robinson addressed the chaos in Nashville on Monday.
He told reporters that the team has “taken this thing extremely serious.” He then admitted that not everyone on the team has been wearing a mask.
“As far as the masks are concerned, it's been a — we've been fairly compliant,” Robinson said, per NFL.com. “To say that we're 100 percent would be a false statement. There's certainly been some inconsistencies there.”
Robinson then went on to note that he has heard that other teams are struggling with mask compliance.
“I've talked to several other GMs during this time, who have reached out to me and just checked on us and how we're doing and my family, because they know my personal situation,” Robinson continued. “They face some of the same things we've faced with masks.
“We're constantly reminding players. That's been one of the more challenging things.”
Titans slated for first game since outbreak
The Titans reportedly recorded a positive COVID-19 test as recently as Sunday. That case involved a team staffer. So they’re still scheduled to face the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday for their first game since the COVID-19 outbreak struck the team on Sept. 29.
Titans GM acknowledges NFL investigation
Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson reported last week that the NFL is expected to hand down punishment to the Titans for breaking league COVID-19 protocols. That same day, news broke that several Titans players reportedly held an unsanctioned workout away from team facilities after they were shut down because of the outbreak.
The Titans GM acknowledged on Monday that the NFL has been conducting an investigation that involved talking to every player and coach on the team as well as himself.
"We haven't had any punishment yet, but it has been frustrating,” Robinson said. “I've tried — I haven't looked at all the stuff that's out there. I'm sure it's probably not nice.”
Through it all, Robinson insists that the Titans are taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.
"Since the start of this COVID outbreak back in March, we've taken this thing extremely serious. We say it all the time, but the health and safety of our players and our coaches and our staff and their families, all of that is the most important thing.”
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