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Duke Football Hits Pause

As a Covid cluster hits

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 26: Porter Wilson #98 of the Duke Blue Devils punts in the first half during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers on September 26, 2020 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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There’s a lot of optimism lately about overcoming the pandemic. Vaccinations are starting to kick in, new therapies are very promising for those who are infected, the overall rates are declining and people are cautiously beginning to resume their lives.

It feels like spring in more ways than one.

But we’re not quite there yet and the virus is still lurking, mutating and causing serious trouble.

So it’s not a particular surprise that it has affected Duke football.

A cluster was diagnosed involving 10 players and unfortunately it’s disrupting spring football practice.

This year is particularly critical for Duke coming off of a bad year and with uncertainty at key positions, notably quarterback. Missing significant time in spring could really set the team back.