Eli Drinkwitz reveals number of Mizzou players already out for Alabama game
Missouri appears to have a short-handed roster entering its game against Alabama.
Coach Eli Drinkwitz said the Tigers will have 12 players out of the game for reasons related to COVID-19. He told reporters that not all 12 have necessarily tested positive for the virus, but they’re all out for the game 10 days away, Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The first-year coach added that he’s not worried that the team won’t have enough players for the Alabama game. But the 12 players who are out are based on Sunday’s tests. The team was tested again today and will be again Sunday.
Drinkwitz declined to specify if some might be in contact tracing, and he said more positives could be coming, as the team was tested again today.
The SEC, along with other Power 5 conferences, will test athletes three times per week during the season.
For players who quarantine because of contact tracing after potential exposure to the virus, the SEC regulation is 18 days of ineligibility before playing again.
Players who test positive can miss as few as 14 days, though. That’s because the conference’s four-day return-to-play process is included in the 14 days after an athlete tests positive, but after 14 days of contact-induced quarantine, a test still must return negative before the return-to-play days begin.
Alabama and Missouri are set to play at 7 p.m. ET on Sept. 26 in Columbia, Missouri.