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Michigan cancels final game of the season at Iowa on Saturday due to COVID-19

Michigan Stadium nearly empty 2020
Posted at 2:22 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 17:20:27-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan Football has canceled its third straight game due to COVID-19, the university's athletics department announced on Tuesday.

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The Wolverines were scheduled to play at Iowa on Saturday as part of the Big Ten Championship Week.

The game was canceled after talking with medical experts, health advisors and more.

According to the university, the are over 50 student-athletes who are unavailable due to COVID-19 contact tracing, adn with injuries, they don't have enough available players at multiple position groups to field a team.

“I am very proud of the way that our players worked to try and get back onto the field but the numbers simply don’t support us taking the field on Saturday. This has been a very challenging and difficult 2020 for everyone and we want to make sure we are doing what is right for our student-athletes at every step along the way, and that ultimately is ensuring their health, safety and welfare," Athletic Director Warde Manuel said on Tuesday.