Michigan Football game against Maryland canceled due to rising COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 1:40 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 13:40:12-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan's football game against Maryland scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Big House has been canceled due to an increase in COVID-19 cases involving student-athletes.

On Monday, the team announced it was holding virtual activities due to presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, and the team also held virtual activities on Tuesday.

Michigan announced the game cancellation on Wednesday, with practice not resuming until Monday at the earliest.

“The decision by our medical professionals to stop practices and cancel this Saturday’s game against Maryland was made with the health, safety and welfare of the student-athletes, coaches and staff as our utmost priority,” said Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “We have seen an increase in the number of student-athletes unavailable to compete due to positive tests and associated contact tracing due to our most recent antigen and PCR testing results.”

They will continue to do daily testing.

The university's athletic department didn't give specifics around the COVID-19 cases involving the football team.

Last month, Michigan State's game against Maryland was canceled as Maryland deal with positive COVID-19 tests, including one for its head coach.