Mike Tomlin: No excuses if Week 4 turns into Steelers' bye

3:09 PM ET

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t an excuses guy.

And that certainly isn’t changing this week as the Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in the middle of the NFL’s first significant test of conducting a season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans postponed until a later date after two additional tests returned positive on Thursday, the Steelers face the very real possibility of playing 13 consecutive weeks.

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That doesn’t matter to the all-business head coach.

“We do not care,” Tomlin said when asked about the potential gantlet of games.

That scenario could occur if the league opts to move the Steelers-Baltimore Ravens game from Week 7 to Week 8 and play Steelers-Titans in Week 7. Because both the Steelers and Ravens have a Week 8 bye, that schedule swap is on the table.

But that would mean the Steelers’ official bye week is Week 4, giving them a long road to the end of the season — one they hope ends with their first playoff berth since 2017.

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