Most of team caught COVID already

The LSU football team had a covert COVID-19 outbreak over the summer.

"I think most — not all of our players — but most of our players have caught it," LSU coach Ed Orgeron revealed Tuesday on a teleconference. "So, I think hopefully they don't catch it again and hopefully they're not out for games."

Initially a spike of 30 or more cases was reported in June, and there were a few other cases reported here and there throughout the summer.

"Two weeks ago, everybody on our offensive line except two or three guys were out," Orgeron said Tuesday. "We adjusted very well."

Most of team caught COVID already

Orgeron did not say what led to the outbreak. LSU senior associate trainer Shelly Mullenix was not immediately available for comment. 

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At the moment, Orgeron says his team is doing better than ever.

"We feel like we're very healthy," he said. "I do believe we have about three or four guys that have the COVID now, and not a lot of guys in quarantine. I think that we're probably better off than we've been all camp right now going into the season."

The fifth-ranked Tigers open the season Sept. 26 at home against Mississippi State.

"Obviously, we have to be really careful," Orgeron said of those players who have not yet had the virus. "Our guys feel good."

Asked to clarify how much of the team has had the virus, Orgeron said, "It's been a process, and I'm not going to say all of them. But some players have caught it. I don't know the percentage, but hopefully that once you catch it, you don't get it again. Now, I'm not a doctor, but most of the players who have caught it, we feel that they're going to be eligible for games."

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