Report: Wisconsin's Mertz tests positive for COVID-19
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Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz has tested positive for COVID-19, sources tell Colton Bartholomew of the Wisconsin State Journal.

Mertz is awaiting a PCR swab test to confirm the initial positive diagnosis.

The Kansas native will have to sit out practice and games for 21 days if the results are confirmed, according to Big Ten protocols, adds Bartholomew. The signal-caller will also undergo comprehensive cardiac testing if the initial findings hold up.

Mertz is coming off the heels of a breakout performance - he completed a school-record 17 consecutive passes and 20 of 21 pass attempts for 248 yards with five touchdowns in a rout of Illinois.

The reported positive test comes nearly a week after Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm's announcement about contracting the virus.

The Badgers could turn to sophomore Chase Wolf if Mertz becomes unavailable. The team lost senior quarterback Jack Coan indefinitely after he underwent right foot surgery before the season.

Wisconsin is 1-0 on the season and is scheduled to play on the road against Nebraska on Oct. 31.

Report: Wisconsin's Mertz tests positive for COVID-19
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