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Michigan football update: Team once again going virtual on Tuesday

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“Out of an abundance of caution.”

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines football program remains on pause after positive tests within the program early this week. After some early buzz on Tuesday that they could return to practice, the program announced this afternoon that they would remain virtual as they prepare to play Saturday’s game at home against Maryland.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we will again hold all team activities in a virtual format today,” a team spokesman said in a statement. “We will continue to follow the prevention protocols and recommendations of our medical professionals and the health department, and do everything to keep our focus on protecting the health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes and staff.”

According to Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News, only one of the presumed positives from Monday’s testing came back confirmed via additional PCR testing. It remains unclear if further positives in the results from Tuesday necessitated extending the pause. The Michigan Insider reported earlier in the day that practice was tentatively scheduled to resume Tuesday pending the arrival of the latest results.

Typically, Mondays are meeting days for Michigan coming off the weekend with Tuesday being the first day of practice for the week. Now that two days of gameplanning for Maryland has been virtual, we will wait to see how that affects the outlook for Saturday. The contest with Maryland is currently scheduled for 3:30 p.m.