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Wisconsin coach Chryst mum about Mertz, COVID-19

Field Level Media
27 Oct 2020, 04:40 GMT+10

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst would not discuss reports that quarterback Graham Mertz tested positive for COVID-19 or address his status for Saturday's game at Nebraska.

"I will not, cannot and should not therefore comment about anything dealing with our testing and coronavirus," Chryst told reporters Monday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cited two sources in reporting that Graham, a redshirt freshman who completed 20 of 21 passes for 248 yards in the 45-7 win, tested positive. One of those sources said the first test was on Saturday.

If the second result is positive, Mertz will be sidelined for 21 days, meaning he would miss the Badgers' next three games -- at Nebraska, at home against Purdue, and at No. 13 Michigan.

Among Big Ten protocols set up before the start of the delayed season, a positive result of a point of contact test, presumably the first test Mertz would have taken, is followed by a polymerase chain reaction test as a confirmation.

One of the Journal Sentinel's sources said several tests at the school have produced initial positive tests that were not borne out by second tests.

Chryst said Monday that he was confident the No. 9 Badgers (1-0) would be able to play the Cornhuskers (0-1) as planned.

--Field Level Media

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