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Indiana State suspends football practice after six players test positive for COVID-19

The players and those close to them were already in quarantine when the team held a "March for Justice" on Sunday.
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Indiana State University football program is on hold for at least two weeks after several players tested positive for COVID-19.

The university announced Monday it was suspending football practice and conditioning for 14 days and has quarantined all players, coaches and staff. Six players tested positive for the virus. 

"The health and safety of our student-athletes is always our foremost concern," said Indiana State Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales. "Our doctors and training staff instituted and followed strict protocols on monitoring and testing student-athletes."

Indiana State said at least three teams in their conference, the Missouri Valley Conference, have previously paused conditioning or practice because of positive tests.

The six players who tested positive were reportedly in quarantine and did not participate with their teammates in the team's "March for Justice" on Sunday. Those who had been close to the six players were also in quarantine at that time.

The university said the other players, staff and coaches will be tested for COVID-19 while in quarantine.

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