Titans coach Mike Vrabel tests positive for COVID-19 after joint practices with Buccaneers

The Tennessee Titans' Mike Vrabel tested positive for COVID-19, the head coach said during a Zoom call with reporters Sunday.

Vrabel said he had a sore throat Sunday morning and decided to get tested. He is now in quarantine and will follow the NFL's COVID-19 protocols.

"We'll be fine. We'll figure this thing out," Vrabel said. "I don't think anyone who has been tested this morning has tested positive."

The fourth-year coach will have a PCR test Monday. Per NFL protocols, fully vaccinated and asymptomatic individuals can return after two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. If he has two negatives within a 48-hour period, he can return to training camp in-person, he said. If not it would be 10 days.

Mike Vrabel.
Mike Vrabel said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday morning. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Titans, Buccaneers held joint training camp

The Titans defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34-3, in preseason action on Saturday in Florida. The two organizations held a joint week of practices ahead of the contest. Vrabel, 46, was seen talking with Buccaneers players, including quarterback Tom Brady and his son, Jack, the newest Bucs water boy.

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Coaches and players are required to wear contact chips to help with contact tracing. Vaccinated coaches and players exposed to a COVID-19 positive person do not have to quarantine, but are tested more regularly.

The Titans experienced a coronavirus outbreak early last season that forced the postponement of games in Weeks 4 and 5.

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