According to his sources, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Wisconsin Badgers backup quarterback Chase Wolf has tested positive for COVID-19.
This all started on Monday evening when Potrykus tweeted out that there was no word yet on starting QB Graham Mertz’s availability for Saturday’s game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, also due to a reported positive COVID-19 test, but Wolf was apparently not at practice.
Received a tweet a few minutes ago and checked it out. No update yet on #Badgers QB Graham Mertz, but Chase Wolf was not at practice Monday.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 26, 2020
Jaypo then updated his original story about Mertz having COVID with the Wolf news later Monday night. The Badgers are already down preseason starter Jack Coan, who is out indefinitely with a foot injury, and now could potentially be down to their fourth string QB, redshirt junior Danny Vanden Boom, for a critical Big Ten West game with Nebraska.
If either player tested positive they have to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to either confirm the original test or declare it to be a false positive. According to the Big Ten COVID protocols for players if the original test was confirmed then that player has to sit out for 21 days. The Badgers next three games are at Nebraska, home vs. Purdue and at Michigan.
Late on Monday night, the Badgers released their Week 2 depth chart which had zero changes from the Week 1 depth chart. Needless to say, it was met with some incredulity from fans and reporters.
Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst met with the media on Monday morning and did not comment on any COVID-19 testing results, which went along with the statement that UW put out on Sunday night which said no results would be made public.
Mertz is coming off the first start of his career where he played so well, he won B1G Freshman of the Week and was co-B1G Player of the Week after throwing for 248 yards and five touchdowns on 20-of-21 passing. It is worth noting what Zach Heilprin brought up: