Tennessee’s football team practiced Monday, two days after coach Jeremy Pruitt had to nix plans for a scheduled scrimmage.
Pruitt said Saturday that UT had 44 players unavailable. He added the team had “seven or eight” players with active cases of COVID-19, while more than two dozen other players were unable to practice because of contact-tracing protocol that requires them to quarantine. Additionally, a few players are unavailable because of injury.
Monday was the 11th practice of the preseason.
There is no scheduled media availability Tuesday.
The Vols are scheduled to practice again on Wednesday.
SEC rules mandate that anyone who had a high-risk contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 is required to quarantine for 14 days. A high-risk contact is defined as prolonged close contact (greater than 15 minutes within 6 feet) during the period of infectivity.
Testing negative for COVID-19 does not shorten or remove the 14-day quarantine period.
“The contact tracing and the numbers, as they add up, it’s been very tough to be able to prepare a team to play,” Pruitt said.
Pruitt said Tennessee has had 48 players who have, at some point, been required to quarantine for at least 14 days because of contact-tracing protocol. Of those, he said, three tested positive for COVID-19.