Northwestern pauses football workouts due to COVID-19 concerns

Updated 8/3/2020 10:19 PM

Northwestern became the latest Big Ten team to pause football conditioning workouts due to COVID-19 concerns.

The school released a statement Monday that read, "Northwestern football has paused workouts, out of an abundance of caution, following a positive COVID-19 test result. During this time medical staff will implement the University's rigorous contact tracing and quarantine protocols to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff."


Northwestern is at least the sixth Big Ten football program to pause football workouts this summer, following Indiana, Ohio State, Rutgers, Maryland and Michigan State.

Voluntary team workouts began in Evanston on June 22 for football and some other sports. Official practice is scheduled to begin Aug. 7.

The Big Ten previously said it would play conference games only this season and a new schedule is expected to be released soon.

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