Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich tests positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated
Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated. Since NFL personnel returned to work last month, four players and 13 staffers have tested positive for COVID despite being vaccinated, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The league and the union are also at odds over the use of wristbands to identity unvaccinated players. The NFL is allowing clubs to make players wear bright-colored wristbands, which the NFLPA believes is unnecessary. Although Reich will be physically away from the Colts, he will still be involved in meetings through Zoom and will remain in contact with players and staff. The team is not going to name an interim coach. Special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone will handle things in practice because he has more time, but he will get help from offensive coordinator Marcus Brady and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.
NFL allowing some unvaccinated players to unmask at outdoor practices The league also loosened restrictions on what those cohabitants can do after practices. They now are allowed to join players and all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel -- those who deal directly with players -- on the field. Outdoor social events are permitted at the facility, with some restrictions.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel tests positive for COVID-19 The news comes after the Titans spent last week taking part in joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before facing them in Week 2 of the preseason. Vrabel said he will get retested Monday. He is currently in quarantine and following protocols.