COVID-19 positives for Florida football players put game with LSU in doubt

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The Swamp at Florida

As has been common in college football this season, another team will be short-handed for a game.

This time, it’s LSU’s opponent this week.

The Tigers are scheduled to take on the Florida Gators this weekend in Gainesville, but SI.com reports five Florida players have tested positive for the virus just days before the game. The Aligator, the UF campus newspaper, reports 19 positive cases.

University of Florida Athletics announced Tuesday afternoon that team activities have been suspended while UF medical and training staff officials evaluate the situation further:

The University of Florida football team has experienced an increase in positive COVID tests among players this week. Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon.

Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week’s opponent Texas A&M, and this week’s opponent LSU.

These circumstances will be re-evaluated by UF Health and the athletic department’s sports medicine staff Wednesday.

Worse than one team being short-handed, it’s possible the game could be postponed. Another SEC matchup slated for this week – Vanderbilt vs. Missouri – has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.

As of now, LSU-Florida is still set to be played Saturday with a slight game time change from 2:30 p.m to 3 p.m. Central.

The Tigers and Gators are both coming off of road losses to Missouri and Texas A&M respectively.

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