Titans add 2 coaches, player to COVID list

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Coach Mike Vrabel will miss the Tennessee Titans’ preseason finale a week after testing positive for COVID-19, and a pair of coaches and another player have joined the protocols as the team’s outbreak grows.

The Titans on Saturday announced that special teams coach Craig Aukerman, who missed a couple of practices under the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, will be back for Saturday night’s game with Chicago. Wide receivers coach Rob Moore and offensive line assistant Jason Houghtaling will miss the game because of the virus protocols.

Rookie wide receiver Racey McMath also was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. That makes him the seventh player currently on the list and the 12th player or coach either placed on the reserve list or following the COVID-19 protocols since Vrabel announced last weekend that he had tested positive.

Defensive lineman Anthony Rush was activated from the reserve list Friday, which is for players who test positive for COVID-19 or are quarantined after being in close contact with an infected person.

The Titans said Aukerman will handle team communication with players. John Streicher, the coordinator of football development, will handle game decisions, managing playing time and communication with coaches.

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