At least five University of Alabama football players have tested positive for coronavirus, according to BamaInsider of the Rivals Network.
Players have been returning to campus in recent days preparing for the school to run voluntary workouts starting June 8 under the supervision of the strength and conditioning coaching staff. It will be the first access to the players for David Ballou and Dr. Matt Rhea since they were hired to replace Scott Cochran, who left to be Georgia’s special teams coordinator.
UA provided a statement to The Tuscaloosa News through Ryan Bradley, the Interim Vice President for Strategic Communications.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes is a top priority. Resources and protocols are in place to ensure they receive the best medical care when returning to campus. Due to privacy laws we cannot share information specific to the health of our student-athletes.”
Players have been working out with each other at the Million Dollar Band practice field, on University Boulevard in Tuscaloosa near Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
UA is not alone in reportedly having positive COVID-19 tests as players return to campus. Arkansas State, Iowa State and Ole Miss have all reportedly had multiple players and/or staffers test positive as players return to campus for voluntary workouts.
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