Texas A&M to miss bowl game due to COVID-19

Texas A&M will miss its post-season bowl game due to a “combination of COVID-19 issues” and season-ending injuries, the school announced Wednesday.

“It is unfortunate, but we just don’t have enough scholarship players available to field a team,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said in a news release.

The nationally ranked Aggies were scheduled to square off against Wake Forest in The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Dec. 31 in Jacksonville, Fla.

"It is heartbreaking for our players, coaches, staff and fans that we are not able to play in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl," Texas A&M Director of Athletics Ross Bjork said. 

"Post-season football is the pinnacle of the season and when the opportunity is lost, it hurts on many levels,” Bjork continued. “As we have learned in the last 21 months of this health challenge, the well-being and safety of our student-athletes is paramount.” 

Bjork told ESPN the team “had over 40 guys out between COVID, season-ending injuries, transfers and opt-outs.”

"We just didn't have enough," he added. "You can't put the other players that are healthy at risk."

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