Big Ten puts brakes on padded, full-contact practices

Big Ten football teams will not advance to padded, full-contact practices “until further notice” due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the league announced Saturday.Teams may continue practicing with helmets only.The announcement came on the same day the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS conference to cancel or postpone the fall football season.”We understand there are many questions regarding how this impacts schedules, as well as the feasibility of proceeding forward with the season at all,” the Big Ten said in a news release following a meeting Saturday morning of the league’s presidents. “As we have consistently stated, we will continue to evaluate daily, while relying on our medical experts, to make the best decisions possible for the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes.”The league said the decision to essentially press pause was based on advice from the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.