This was bound to happen upon players’ return to campus across the nation but we have the first report of active SEC players testing positive for coronavirus upon their return to campus.

According to Alabama Rivals site BamaInsider, several Crimson Tide players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Which players, or the exact number of players that have reportedly tested positive, has not yet been revealed.

Here’s what BamaInsider is reporting:

Sources told BamaInsider on Thursday that as many as five Alabama players have tested positive for COVID-19 as the team reported back to campus this week. BamaInsider reached out to a university official for confirmation who was unable to confirm at this time, stating player privacy regulations.

While this development isn’t what anyone wants to hear, this news was inevitable and bringing back players to campus in early June looks to be a smart move for the SEC as infected players can now find out they have the virus and will receive the best medical care possible to beat it.

In addition to those positives, we have several months before the season arrives, giving any SEC player plenty of time to recover and/or stay in isolation until they no longer can pass on the virus to any of their teammates, family members or coaches.