Maryland cancels Monday practice after continued COVID-19 issues

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Mel Tucker talks to his team during practice/Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Jared Ramsey, Football Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING- The University of Maryland announced that they did not practice today due to a continued rise in COVID-19 cases within the football program.

Maryland did not play its scheduled game in week four against Ohio State due to the outbreak within the team, and the status for this week’s game against Michigan State on Saturday is still up in the air.

Maryland said in its press release that they would continue to test players and staff daily, they are hopeful that the team can play on Saturday. Maryland officials will release further testing results later this week, which will determine whether or not the Terrapins can take the field on Saturday.

According to the Big Ten return-to-play protocols, players that have tested positive for COVID-19 must sit out for a minimum of 21 days, putting those who tested positive for Maryland over the weekend out for the foreseeable future. No more than 5% of the team and staff can be positive for COVID-19 in order to play, and at this moment, Maryland sits just below that threshold.

The University of Maryland medical staff has the final say over the fate of Saturday’s game, and are waiting on the second round of test results to decide if the game will take place. Maryland head coach Mike Locksley is also expected to give an update on the status of Maryland later this week during his weekly media availability.