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Badgers Plan For Saturday Game Against Michigan

Team's Past 2 Games Canceled Due To High Number Of COVID-19 Cases

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz throws a pass
Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Madison, Wis. Morry Gash/AP Photo

The Wisconsin Badgers football team is expected to take the field again this weekend after a two-week hiatus.

The team announced Monday it plans to play its game this weekend against Michigan. The last two games were canceled following a COVID-19 outbreak within the program.

According to a news release, the football program currently has five active COVID-19 cases. Two of the cases are student athletes and three are staff members.

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The team began regular practices Monday morning. In a statement, UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said they will continue to monitor test results and base their decision on them.

“We feel confident that we have a handle on the situation and are excited to play this week at Michigan,” said Alvarez. “As we have done throughout, we will continue to monitor our testing results and base our decision on those results.”

The football team first paused team activities on Oct. 28. The team’s scheduled games against Nebraska and Purdue were canceled and will not be rescheduled.

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