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Maryland football returns to practice, preparing for game against No. 12 Indiana

The team cancelled its last two games due to COVID-19 cases.

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Maryland football will officially return to practice Monday and undergo normal preparation to face No. 12 Indiana, the team announced.

“The last two weeks have been trying for everyone associated with our football program, but I am proud of the resiliency and positive outlook Coach Locksley and our team has had,” said athletic director Damon Evans. “The team went through weight training this morning and will practice this afternoon. We are optimistic that we will be able to play this Saturday at Indiana. As we have done throughout, we will continue daily testing, monitor those results and base all decisions upon those results.

The Terps have had just one positive test result via daily antigen testing since Nov. 19, and that same player had a negative PCR test result. The entire team had PCR test results come back negative on Sunday.

Maryland paused in-person team activities and cancelled its Nov. 14 matchup with Ohio State after eight positive cases were announced on Nov. 11. The team moved into The Hotel later that day to create a pseudo-bubble to try and get back to practice the next week.

The Terps moved back to standard living arrangements Nov. 15, but another surge in positive cases early last week caused the team’s matchup with Michigan State on Nov. 21 to be cancelled as well.

In all, Maryland had 23 players and seven staff members, including head coach Mike Locksley, test positive between Nov. 8-18.

Evans noted in his statement that Locksley will take part in practice virtually during the week, but will be able to travel with the team for Saturday’s game against the Hoosiers.