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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida, citing “an abundance of caution” because of an increase in positive coronavirus cases, paused its football practice on Tuesday.

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Athletic Director Scott Stricklin made the announcment in a statement. The school announced earlier Tuesday that there were five new cases, ESPN reported.

“Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week’s opponent Texas A&M, and this week’s opponent LSU,” Stricklin said. “These circumstances will be re-evaluated by UF Health and the athletic department’s sports medicine staff Wednesday.

The Gators (2-1) lost 41-38 to Texas A&M (2-1) on a last-second field goal on Saturday.

Florida had 21 positive cases after players returned to campus in late May, according to ESPN.

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Florida Gators pause practice

Florida offensive lineman Jean Delance (56) tries to stop Texas A&M lineman DeMarvin Leal (8) from getting to quarterback Kyle Trask on Saturday.