The Pittsburgh Steelers are responding to the news of their Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans being postponed. The postponement comes after multiple Titans players and personnel tested positive for COVID-19.
Mike Tomlin’s Response
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin held a press conference to discuss the situation with the media once the Steelers found out their game against the Titans had officially been postponed.
“I’m disappointed because we were preparing to play and we’re not getting an opportunity to,” Tomlin said. “We’re just adjusting accordingly.”
Despite the Steelers’ bye week being moved from Week 8 to Week 4, Tomlin does not think it will affect the team.
Asked about the #Steelers potentially having to play 13 straight weeks if they do indeed lose their scheduled bye, Mike Tomlin looks straight into the camera and says, "WE DO NOT CARE."
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) October 1, 2020
With a Week 4 bye, the Steelers will have to play 13 consecutive games throughout the remainder of the season. This begins with their week 5 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.
When asked if he thought this situation was unfair to the Steelers, Tomlin did not seem phased.
“My opinion does not matter,” he said. “We take marching orders from the National Football League. We understand that they’re acting in our collective best interest. I have a great deal of comfort in that.”
Players Speak Up
As expected, many Steelers players are speaking up after finding out their game against the Titans will now be played in Week 7, giving the team an unexpected Week 4 bye.
Tight end Eric Ebron tweeted out that he will now be missing his son’s birthday, which falls during the Steelers’ original Week 8 bye.
Defensive tackle Cam Heyward didn’t seem pleased with the situation being so up in the air.
— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) October 1, 2020
Linebacker Vince Williams echoed his teammates’ thoughts by tweeting his disappointment in having a Week 4 bye. However, Williams acknowledged that all NFL players came into this season knowing that this could happen.
Wide receiver Chase Claypool and defensive end Isaiah Buggs also took to social media to address their concerns.
What Could This Mean for the Season?
The NFL seems to have turned a corner this week that could plague the remainder of the season.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for coronavirus just a few days before the teams originally scheduled Sunday evening game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
On Sunday, the Chiefs also placed practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu on the COVID-19 Reserve List.
No one else on either team has tested positive as of Oct. 5.
The Patriots-Chiefs game was moved to Monday night at 7:05 p.m. This made for a very rare Monday Night Football double-header as the Atlanta Falcons took on the Green Bay Packers at 8:20 p.m.
All 32 NFL teams managed to get through the first three weeks of the season unscathed. However, if the Week 4 trends continue, the season could be in jeopardy.
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