Razorback Football will not play the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, according to a Southeastern Conference statement released Monday night.
“The Arkansas at Missouri football game of November 28 has been postponed due to (a) combination of positive tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Arkansas football program, consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements,” according to the press release.
The postponement comes just two days after the Razorbacks played the LSU Tigers with 16 players out for the aforementioned reasons.
Arkansas Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek tweeted that he and head coach Sam Pittman are “disappointed that we could not find a viable path for our student-athletes to safely compete at Missouri this weekend. We will use this week as an opportunity to get healthy again and we look forward to playing Alabama and Missouri to end the season.”
The SEC statement indicated that the game does not have a makeup date, and that the opportunity to reschedule it is being evaluated. The Tigers had their Nov. 14 game against Georgia postponed as well, so it is unclear which game will be played Dec. 12, the date the conference left open for makeup games.
“As we continue to adapt to the current realities, it (is) important to remain flexible as we move forward in the final weeks of the season,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in the statement. “Contact tracing continues to be the biggest contributing factor to game interruptions. We will continue to manage the remaining weeks of the football schedule to allow for as many games to be played as possible.”
The statement also mentioned that Dec. 19, the date of the SEC Championship Game, is in play for makeup games.
Arkansas is scheduled to play its next game at home against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, Dec. 5.