2 West Virginia football players test positive for virus

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s football team has two active confirmed coronavirus cases, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Brown said at his weekly news conference that two freshman walk-ons tested positive, the only such cases in the program.

Brown also said a defensive lineman sat out Saturday’s season-opening win over Eastern Kentucky due to contact tracing. Brown identified the lineman as freshman Sean Martin and said he was disappointed because Martin had been expected to play in the opener.

“He’s well. He’s fine. But he missed the game,” Brown said. “He’s a guy we wanted to play. He really had his best week of practice last week until he was out. But still, really, really excited about him. I like his makeup, how he’s worked since he’s been on campus. He’s going to be a real bright spot for us.”

West Virginia (1-0) is idle this week and plays at No. 11 Oklahoma State (0-0) on Sept. 26.

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