Maryland is taking a step forward in returning to the football field, this after an outbreak of COVID-19 last week that caused the cancellation of their game against No. 3 Ohio State.

Eight football players tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing this past Saturday’s game against the marquee team of the Big Ten to be cancelled. The good news is that the team is making progress, albeit a baby step in getting back to practicing and playing.

The team moved out of the hotel where they were quarantined but practicing on Monday doesn’t appear likely according to reporting by Emily Giambalvo of the Washington Post.

For Maryland, 2-1, the loss of the game against Ohio State was brutal given their surprisingly strong start to the season. Losing a match-up that could have been a showcase for their progress hurts perception, although the decision was absolutely the right one given the circumstances around the program and the need for prudence during the pandemic.

Two weeks ago, Maryland upended Penn State on the road, a signature win for head coach Mike Locklsey in his second season with the program.

This Saturday’s game against Michigan State remains in doubt, although the news about the team moving out of the hotel and from quarantine is a positive step. The Terrapins are slated to host the Spartans at noon.

Last week, four SEC games were cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols.