According to Dave Ablauf, a team spokesman, the Michigan football team has been cleared by the medical staff to begin limited workouts.

Though this doesn’t mean Saturday’s game against Ohio State will be played — and multiple reports have indicated pessimism around that — it constitutes a first step if there is to be a game Saturday. 

Last week, when the Buckeyes themselves were recovering from a COVID-19 outbreak, they had workouts on Monday and a practice on Tuesday. Still, the size of Michigan’s outbreak and the effects of contact tracing could be fairly large.

The Associated Press reported last week that at least 12 people within the program had tested positive for COVID-19. In a department-wide update since Friday, associate athletic director Kurt Svoboda said 14 players and one staff member had tested positive that week. 

Michigan is scheduled to play Ohio State at noon on Saturday.