The Wisconsin Badgers football team has officially paused all team-related activities for at least seven days because of an increased number of COVID-19 cases, and has cancelled their game against Nebraska that was scheduled to take place on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
The game against Nebraska will not be rescheduled.
“This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst said in a statement released by the university. “I informed my staff and the team this morning and am currently isolating at home. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning.
“I am disappointed for our players and coaching staff who put so much into preparing to play each week. But the safety of everyone in our program has to be our top priority and I support the decision made to pause our team activities.”
“We have said from the beginning that the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members comes first,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Over the past several days, we have seen a rising number of student-athletes and staff contract the virus. The responsible thing for us to do is to pause football-related activities for at least seven days.”
The decision comes on the heels of quarterback Graham Mertz’s positive test for coronavirus earlier this week, and then Chase Wolf not long after.