Nov 2, 2019; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Air Force Falcons quarterback Donald Hammond III (5) at the line of scrimmage against Army Black Knights defensive lineman Rod Stoddard (93) and linebacker Arik Smith (53) in the fourth quarter at Falcon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: Air Force-Army game off amid COVID-19

Air Force and Army will not play their annual football game as scheduled this weekend because of the impact of COVID-19 on the Falcons, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The game was set to be played in West Point, N.Y.

The Gazette in Colorado Springs reported earlier this week that as many as seven players wouldn’t be available for the game, then reported Thursday that the number grew overnight. It wasn’t clear if any players or other members of the football program had tested positive or if the players’ unavailability was because of contact tracing and mandated quarantines.

The Falcons and Black Knights resumed their annual matchup in 2010. Previously, the teams met each year from 1971-2002.

Air Force won the 2019 edition, 17-13, and holds a 33-14-1 head-to-head record against the Black Knights.

Should the teams want to reschedule the game, the only open date they both have is Dec. 19 — the week after Army plays Navy on Dec. 12 and the week before the Black Knights are scheduled to play in the Independence Bowl.

Navy’s game against Tulsa, scheduled for Saturday, also was called off because of the virus.

On the season, Army is 6-1, playing an easier schedule than normal as its regular slate of games was overhauled due to COVID-19. Air Force, a member of the Mountain West Conference, is 1-2.

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