Mike Vrabel, coach for the Tennessee Titans, exams optimistic for coronavirus
Tennessee Titans trainer Mike Vrabel announced Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-19.
Vrabel revealed the news in a Zoom call with media. He said he woke up Sunday morning with a sore throat and ear, so he went to the Titans facility to get tested.
From his car, he took two tests, both positive for COVID-19. Vrabel said he also expects a PCR test he will run later on Sunday to come back positive.
Vrabel added that he is currently in quarantine. Like all Titans trainers who work with players, he is fully vaccinated.
The Titans played against defending champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night. During the teams’ training session last week, Vrabel was seen talking face-to-face with players from both teams, including former New England Patriots teammate Tom Brady. Tennessee won 34-3.
An outbreak that infected more than 20 members of the Titans organization forced two games to be postponed (week 4 and week 5) last season.
According to the NFL’s updated COVID-19 guidelines for the 2021 season, Vrabel expects he can return to work within 48 hours or a 10-day quarantine after two negative tests.
“I am very confident of our football team, our coaching staff and our organization that we will deal with any situation and make any decision that is in the best interests of the football team and our players,” said Vrabel.
Vrabel said he was still working on how the team will work during his absence. He expects to stay involved through Zoom.
He added that he could rely on some of the seasoned coaches on his staff – including special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman, senior defensive assistant Jim Schwartz, and inside linebackers coach Jim Haslett – to keep the team running smoothly.
“So there are a lot of people we can rely on in this role,” said Vrabel. “But right now I’m going to be working through a lot of these things. We are only going to the practice field (Monday). (Sunday), my focus was on correcting the movie and watching it and also the health of our soccer team and some of the squad things that Jon (Robinson, General Manager) and I discussed. “
Vrabel said the Titans’ experience with the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak last season will be helpful in dealing with the current situation.
“We went through this,” continued Vrabel. “The most important thing is that we focus on the health of everyone, we focus on the health of all families, everyone who is close to them. So that’s really important to me. The health of everyone involved is the most important thing. “
Vrabel joked that his players will enjoy a few days without him as they watch the preseason final against the Chicago Bears next Saturday.
“I’m going to get a boat and I’ll be able to put a boat out there on Amulet Lake and just drift around and scream,” said Vrabel.
“I’ll miss it. This soccer team is part of my family, part of my life and part of my heart. So I’ll miss them.”