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It’s not unusual for the betting market to catch wind of an injury or suspension before it hits the mainstream media. Finding out that a starting quarterback is out before the bookmakers do is gold for bettors, but that’s not always the case in the era of COVID-19.
At 10:21 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Adam Schefter, ESPN’s senior NFL insider, tweeted that the Tennessee Titans were halting team activities after several members of the team — players and staff — had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Two days earlier, after the Titans had been installed as small favorites over Pittsburgh in a Week 4 clash of unbeatens, enough influential money had come in on the Steelers to move the line and make them the favorites. Pittsburgh went from being a 1-point underdog to a consensus 2-point favorite by Tuesday morning, before Schefter reported the positive tests.
Sportsbook PointsBet reported some “sharp nibbles” on the Steelers in the days leading up to the news of a coronavirus outbreak within the Titans organization, and other books also said they took money on Pittsburgh before the news broke and betting on the game was halted. The interest in the