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COVID-19 hits Auburn Football; 5 starters sidelined

Auburn might be without key players for the UK game due to a mandatory quarantine.

NCAA Football: Alabama at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

With only two weeks until the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Auburn Tigers in the SEC season opener, Auburn is reporting two new coronavirus cases, forcing 10 more of their players to sit out of practice.

Five of those 10 are starters, according to AL.com.

The two new cases came after Auburn had two clean rounds of testing last week. The two positive cases will have to isolate for 10 days before going through a seven-day acclimation period, while the eight other players will have to go through a mandatory 14-day quarantine after being identified through the team’s contact-tracing program.

While the eight players are looking at a 14-day quarantine, putting their status for the UK game up in the air, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he was confident that they would return for the UK game.

Auburn has had issues containing COVID-19 throughout their team, as well as Tennessee. The two schools have been the only such instances within the SEC to experience an outbreak, while other schools, such as Oklahoma in the Big 12, have also experienced outbreaks.