Cal football announces 2nd positive COVID-19 test of the month

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Cal football announced its second positive COVID-19 test just hours before the start of its game at Oregon State on Saturday.

“One member of the Cal football program has tested positive for COVID-19 through his regularly scheduled PCR test. As a result of the contact tracing, several student-athletes have been placed in quarantine,” Cal Athletics said in a statement.

The Bears have not announced the positional group that is in quarantine.

Days before Cal’s scheduled home opener against Washington, a player tested positive, and the game was canceled because of the city of Berkeley’s contact tracing and quarantine protocols. In a tweet minutes after the initial announcement, however, Cal football said its game against Oregon State would continue as scheduled.

In an appearance on KGO 810 before the game, Cal head coach Justin Wilcox announced that several starters on the offensive line would be unavailable. It is unclear, however, if these absences are related to COVID-19. Starting offensive linemen left tackle Will Craig, left guard Valentino Daltoso and right tackle Jake Curhan will all miss the Bears’ showdown with the Beavers.

The Pac-12 requires schools to have a sufficient number of players at the defensive line, the offensive line and quarterback in order to play a game.

Jasper Kenzo Sundeen covers football and is the deputy special issues editor. Contact him at [email protected].