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Tennessee Football practices despite having 44 players inactive due to COVID-19 protocols

A COVID mess in Knoxville.

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The Tennessee Volunteers are the latest college football program that has been hit by a COVID-19 outbreak while preparing for the 2020 season.

Gentry Estes of the Tennessean reported Saturday, despite having a whopping 44 players inactive due to either positive coronavirus test results or contact tracing protocols, the team continued to practice Saturday.

Of those 44 players, 30 of those are offensive players with the wide receiver and offensive line groups hit hardest, per a report from Patrick Brown of 247sports.

While the team did practice Saturday, their plans for a scrimmage at Neyland Stadium were postponed, and the team had paused practice when their outbreak first started last week, per Brown’s report.

Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt noted the program has “seven or eight” active cases of COVID-19 within the program, with 28 players forced to quarantine while the team undergoes contract tracing and continues testing.

Tennessee is scheduled to kick off their season three weeks from Saturday on the road against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Kentucky Wildcats are scheduled to travel to Knoxville on Oct. 17.