Pitt football cancels practice after several player exhibit COVID-19 symptoms

According to a release from the university, Pittsburgh canceled practice on Thursday after several football players exhibited potential COVID-19 symptoms.

This is certainly cause for concern; however, Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said this was more of a cautionary measure. The Panthers plan to return to the practice field on Friday.

Our medical team decided it was in everyone’s best interest to temporarily pause our Thursday training camp activities so that we could test symptomatic players per our protocol. Based on negative test results received late today, it has been determined that we can safely resume practice on Friday.

Pitt opened its fall camp last Friday, Aug. 7. So far, the Panthers have held five practices. For now, Pitt is scheduled to open the 2020 fall football season Sept. 12 against Miami (Ohio).

Inside the ACC: Pitt wasn’t the only team that didn’t practice on Thursday. Once again, Syracuse players sat out practice in an effort to obtain more in-house COVID-19 testing.

Syracuse and Pitt are set to play against one on Sept. 19.


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