The Tampa Bay Buccaneers capped off a spirited week of joint practices with the Tennessee Titans with an embarrassing 34-3 preseason loss Saturday night, but that quickly took a back seat to the revelation that Titans head coach Mike Vrabel tested positive COVID-19 the next morning.
Vrabel spent plenty of time talking with the likes of Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Tom Brady in close quarters throughout the week and prior to Saturday night’s game, so what kind of impact could this have for Tampa Bay as they prepare for their preseason finale?
ESPN’s Jenna Laine broke down what happens next for the Bucs, based on the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols:
So I mentioned that the Bucs are in the process of contact tracing to determine close contacts. Here’s what happens after that (I’ve condensed the league protocol quite a bit on this)…
Note: Daily testing is the normal cadence for unvaccinated individuals. pic.twitter.com/eWUylTWN5c
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) August 22, 2021
It remains to be seen exactly what the impact will be on Tampa Bay moving forward, but this will certainly be something to monitor throughout the week.