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Schefter: NFL Hopes To Play Steelers/Titans Sunday, Could Shift Game To Monday Night – Steelers Depot

Nothing is official and everything is subject to change but the NFL seems intent on not altering their schedule even as the Tennessee Titans experience a COVID outbreak that’s bringing their week to a screeching halt. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the league isn’t planning on changing their schedule.

NFL wants to and intends to play the Titans-Steelers game as scheduled Sunday; one of the contingency plans to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to occur would be to move the game to Monday night, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2020

Judy Battista followed up with a similar report.

Source tells me the league intends to play the TItans-Steelers game as scheduled. No announcement on the game’s status is expected today, but the league is taking it day by day.

— Judy Battista (@judybattista) September 29, 2020

The Titans facility has been shut down until at least Saturday while it’s cleaned and players go through multiple COVID tests to ensure there are no more positives. Three players and five personnel members were confirmed positive this morning. Outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen, who serves as defensive playcaller on gamedays, tested positive prior to Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. He didn’t attend the game.

So far, it doesn’t appear the Vikings have any positive tests, though have halted their workweek until they get additional results.

Though the Titans playing a game with little to no practice is far from ideal, swapping schedules around would present an obvious headache. It sounds like the game could be pushed until Monday night if the league deems that necessary but they’re powering through this outbreak trying to make as few changes as possible.

For now, the league will conduct more testing, contact tracing, while the Titans will disinfect their facility. Titans coaches have told players to be prepared to play Sunday with maybe a Saturday walkthrough as perhaps their only on-field preparation.

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Steelers respond to James Harrison’s claim that Mike Tomlin handed him ‘an envelope’ after violent 2010 hit – CBS Sports

James Harrison recently stirred the pot when he said that he received an envelope from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to supposedly cover a fine that he had received from the NFL back in 2010. Harrison, the Steelers’ all-time career leader in sacks, had been fined $75,000 for a hit on former Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. On Thursday evening, Steelers president Art Rooney II responded to Harrison’s claim

“I am very certain nothing like this ever happened,” Rooney said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I have no idea why James would make a comment like this but there is simply no basis for believing anything like this.”

Harrison’s longtime agent, Bill Parise, echoed Rooney’s sentiments when asked about Harrison’s claim. 

“Absolutely not. Never happened,” Parise told the Tribune-Review. “I would have known that. It didn’t happen.”

Harrison made the comments during a recent appearance on the “Going Deep” podcast with Willie Colon, Harrison’s former teammate in Pittsburgh. Harrison said that, shortly after being fined by the league for his hit on Massaquoi, Tomlin provided him with some assistance. 

“I’m not going to say what, but he handed me an envelope after that,” Harrison said. 

Harrison’s relationship with Tomlin turned sour during the end of Harrison’s time with the Steelers. Harrison, frustrated over a lack of playing time, was granted his release late in the 2017 season. Harrison quickly signed with the Patriots, helping New England win the AFC title before retiring during the 2018 offseason. 

In retirement, Harrison has been critical of Tomlin on numerous occasions, specifically as it relates to how Tomlin handled the situations surrounding former Steelers Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

Despite his unceremonious ending in Pittsburgh, Harrison returned for the 10th anniversary of the Steelers’ 2008 championship team. The league’s Defensive Player of the Year that season, Harrison’s 100-yard interception return for a score helped the Steelers defeat the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. 

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