Tennessee Titans’ Jim Schwartz placed in NFL’s COVID-19 protocols before Colts game – Tennessean

Tennessee Titans senior defensive assistant Jim Schwartz has been placed under the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols and will not be with the Titans during Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Saturday night. 

The Titans (5-2) and Colts (3-4) kick off at noon CT in Indianapolis (TV: CBS). 

Schwartz, 55, works with the defensive staff in an advisory-type role, including on-field instruction with players. 

A person can be placed into the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols for a variety of reasons, including contact tracing for unvaccinated individuals or a positive COVID-19 test result regardless of vaccination status.

The NFL has required all Tier 1 employees, which includes coaches, to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and Titans coach Mike Vrabel has said any coach on his staff who works directly with players was vaccinated as well. 

Schwartz was hired to Vrabel’s staff  in April after serving as Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator from 2016-20 and winning a Super Bowl. He served on the Titans’ staff from 1999-2008 before being hired as Detroit Lions head coach. 

After being fired by the Lions in 2013, he spent one season with the Buffalo Bills before being hired by Philadelphia. 

Chris Thomas is the South Region sports director of the USA Today Network. Contact him at cdthomas@gannett.comor follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.