NFL Completes Investigation Into Titans, No Significant Discipline Coming

The NFL’s investigation into the Titans for potential COVID-19 protocol investigations has concluded, and it looks like Tennessee is mostly in the clear.

The league did find that there were some instances of failure to comply with mask protocols within the team facility, as well as “insufficient clear communication regarding workouts outside the facility,” Tom Pelissero of NFL Network tweets. That being said, there will not be any forfeits, loss of draft picks, or discipline for any individual associated with the team.

Instead, the forthcoming punishment for the relatively minor infractions laid out will be limited to fines for the team. Overall it seems like this was somewhat of a best-case scenario for the team. After the Titans had the first real outbreak of the season with dozens of positive tests, there were whispers about Roger Goodell potentially bringing the hammer down on the team to make an example out of them.

Plenty of doomsday scenarios were floated, but clearly the league office wasn’t able to find anything too damaging. The outbreak and ensuing chaos around the building obviously hasn’t effected their on-field play too much, as the Titans have won both their games since returning from their unplanned bye week.

We may never know what the internal deliberations were like for Goodell and co., but it’s possible they decided punishing a team for having a COVID outbreak would be a slippery slope that could end up encompassing too many teams. What ever the case, Mike Vrabel’s team dodged a bullet here, and things are trending upward in Tennessee.

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20 comments on “NFL Completes Investigation Into Titans, No Significant Discipline Coming

  1. acarneglia

    Some guys got sick, no different than if the flu went around the locker room

    • Except we have no idea who they spread it to. Plus we have flu vaccines and no protection from COVID.

      People like you who weirdly try to diminish the severity of COVID by comparing it to the flu realize that the flu is a huge deal, right? 50% of the entire country gets the flu vaccine every year and yet we still have tens of thousands of people dying from it.

      You have no idea how stupid you look comparing COVID and the flu.

      iT’s No DiFFerNt ThAn tHe FlU. The flu is a massive effing deal, you dolt.

    • bradthebluefish

      Team couldn’t play for nearly two weeks due to improper distancing. Causing all sorts of chaos for not only their team but their opponents too.

  2. JJB0811

    ‘Plenty of doomsday scenarios were floated, but clearly the league office wasn’t able to find anything too damaging.’

    The media floated the ideas, with zero facts. The credibility of the media is below zero these days. All talk, talk, talk, talk.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Goodell’s credibility is about zero too since he has re-instated Josh Gordon about 6 times. No one takes his threats of dire consequences seriously.

      • JJB0811

        To us, he’s credibility might be zero. To his bosses; they aren’t complaining. But to be fair, Goodell never backed down from COVID. All other sports, pro and NCAA, scrammed for cover; not Goodell. The draft happened on time, the season started on time & the only difference is game days and times changed. Otherwise the NFL is the leader in this environment.

        • crosseyedlemon

          The NHL and NBA had champions this season and MLB soon will have so I don’t see how they scrammed for cover.

          • JJB0811

            The NHL & NBA usually have their championship games in May/June. MLB is on track for an Oct holiday.

            On this site alone (an easy +75 posts), we were told how contracts, & trades would be affected, yet players got paid and delt like normal. But keep believing what others write, rather than your own opinion.

            • crosseyedlemon

              The NFL is dealing well with the problems associated with a pandemic but they certainly aren’t home free by any means. A lot can happen between now and February and a shortened or interrupted season is still a distinct possibility.

              • JJB0811

                According the to the NFL and their findings on Tenn, you’re wrong. Weeks 1-5 haven’t been shortened. why would it get worse? They adjusted for sure, but never quit.

                On right now, Mahomes, the KC DT were paid & Diggs dealt like any other normal offseason. Next up, the Cards dealt for a stud WR & Dallas laid out $31m for Dak. But please keep talking how COVID affected the NFL.

                • forwhomjoshbelltolls

                  Most teams in the NFL are playing in front of thousands of fans instead of tens of thousands of fans and teams are incurring increased costs, such as daily testing and increased roster sizes. Among other issues.

                  Why the need to pretend Covid has not affected the NFL?

                  “MLB is on track for an Oct holiday.”

                  MLB is on track to finish their season when they always do.

                  Why the need to deny or distort that?

                  • JJB0811

                    If you actually think the NFL is losing money, so be it. I’m 47 and have never seen the league lose money. They have more night games than ever before, don’t you see those commercials, I do.

                    I never said Covid didn’t affect the league, I said they have & are dealing with it. Their offseason and regular season schedules have been right on track.

                    MLB went on pause from March until the end of July. When did the NFL hit their pause button, the answer is never.

                    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

                      Why the need to claim people said things they never said?

                      No one said they are losing money. They are not. They are making less money. That is not the same as losing money.

                      But, again, no one here said that, either way.

  3. TJECK109

    Didn’t they get caught practicing at a high school gym? Guess since it wasn’t on site it doesn’t matter.

  4. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    Well, certainly no one can dispute Roger Goodell’s integrity when it comes to investigations.

  5. Irishblade

    They would have stripped Kraft of his team had this been New England hahaha

    • You mean the Pats, who had several people test positive, made Denver change their bye week, almost made them postpone the game a second time, and then faced zero consequences? Yeah, OK, bro.

  6. PapiElfIsATool

    If this was the Pats people would cry and the league would fine them/take away picks. What a joke

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