Missouri down 12 gamers after COVID-19 testing

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Missouri shall be with out 12 gamers for its season-opening sport in opposition to Alabama on Sept. 26 because of COVID-19, coach Eli Drinkwitz instructed reporters on Wednesday.The primary-year Tigers coach declined to say how lots of the 12 gamers have the virus, versus those that are being held out due to contact tracing.”Out is out,” he stated. “Whether or not they acquired it or whether or not they contact hint, out is out. They cannot be round us, so there is no cause to get into the numbers sport and hype. It is simply we’re down 12 guys. It’s what it’s.”Drinkwitz stated the 12 gamers are being held out because of Sunday’s checks.”We examined once more at the moment,” he stated. “So … who is aware of? We’ll see. However as of proper now, sure, 12.”Drinkwitz additionally reported that two gamers have opted out: defensive deal with Chris Daniels and huge receiver Maurice Massey.Daniels, a redshirt senior, performed in two video games final season. Massey is a redshirt freshman and former three-star recruit.As for Missouri’s opponent, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban stated Wednesday evening that Alabama began testing its gamers day by day on Monday.”We simply thought that it provides the gamers a peace of thoughts,” Saban stated. “It is the very best factor for the gamers. It is the very best factor for this system. We’ve the capabilities and sources to do it, so we’re completely satisfied to do it.”Saban stated Alabama had beforehand been testing its gamers 3 times per week.”However we simply determined this week that we’d take a look at our guys each day,” Saban stated. “With that, hopefully everyone feels secure and it’ll assist the truth that perhaps we cannot need to quarantine a few of these guys, decrease publicity.”At this level, Saban stated he did not know of anyone on Alabama’s group who would “be out for positive” for the scheduled Sept. 26 opener in opposition to the host Tigers.”We could have some injured gamers who could not recuperate sufficient to have the ability to play within the sport. … I am positive after we get into sport week and we work out who can and who cannot [play], we’ll form of let you understand,” Saban stated.ESPN’s Chris Low contributed to this report.

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