Now 10 days before kicking off the season, Alabama’s first opponent is already saying it’ll be without a dozen players. Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said Wednesday that 12 of his players would be sidelined either with a positive COVID-19 test or contact tracing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting.
The situation for Alabama is a little different. Nick Saban on Wednesday evening said the Crimson Tide is still determining its plan to make any such announcements. As of now, there wouldn’t be anything to announce. Because, Saban said, we don’t really have anybody that I know that would be out for sure for the game.
There could be some injured players out for the Sept. 26 game including defensive lineman Christian Barmore. In terms of coronavirus absences, that remains to be seen. We haven’t really discussed it, Saban said. I’m sure when we get into game week and we figure out exactly who can and who can’t we’ll kind of let you know. We don’t really. I mean, I could give you a number.
The SEC requires athletes to sit out 14 days if exposed to someone with the coronavirus. They can return to action after that 14-day period ends and symptoms don’t develop. Saban also said Alabama would begin testing its football players daily instead of the three times weekly plan.