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NFL Rumors: Winning Percentage Could Determine Playoff Seeding

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The NFL is through Week 4 of the 2020 season as the nation battles the COVID-19 crisis, but the year hasn't been without any hiccups across the league.

The Titans and Steelers had to postpone their Week 4 contest due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests, and Cam Newton was forced to sit out New England's matchup with the Chiefs. The coronavirus will likely continue to be a dominant story for the rest of 2020.

So how is COVID-19 impacting the NFL's plans for Week 5? Check out the latest crop of NFL notes and rumors below:

• The Titans' facility remains closed on Thursday and it's highly unlikely to reopen on Friday. Tennesee's game against the Bills is still scheduled for Sunday, but the NFL continues to evaluate the situation. (Tom Pelissero, NFL Network)

• The NFL and NFLPA are looking into multiple unauthorized workouts involving Titans players since their facility closed amid the team's COVID-19 outbreak. (Tom Pelissero, NFL Network)

• The NFL is considering a scenario where playoff seeding will be determined by winning percentage rather than a team's number of wins. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)

• The Patriots' facility will remain closed on Thursday after cornerback Stephon Gilmore was placed on the COVID-19 list. (Mike Reiss, ESPN)

• The Titans have now registered 23 positive COVID-19 cases after another positive test result on Thursday. (Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press)

• Eagles cornerback Darius Slay said the NFL should not have played the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Tim McManus, ESPN)

• The Saints will not evacuate from New Orleans prior to Week 5 as Hurricane Delta approaches the gulf coast. (Mike Triplett, ESPN)

• Jack Easterby will serve as the Texans' interim general manager for the rest of 2020. (James Palmer, NFL Network)