It’s been a tough few days for the Chicago Bears between a resounding loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a run of positive COVID tests.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning and was out of the facility until further notice. But Nagy’s diagnosis is far from an isolated case.
With Nagy’s positive test, the Bears now have six players and coaches on the COVID-19 roster. Outside linebacker Robert Quinn, tight end Jimmy Graham, right tackle Elijah Wilkinson, linebacker Caleb Johnson and wide receivers coach Mike Furrey are the others. Running back Damien Williams was taken off the list on Saturday.
The bears are now in improved mitigation protocols after a series of positive COVID tests, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
As for what that means, players and staff will need to wear masks and be tested daily, whether or not they are vaccinated.
After a series of recent positive COVID tests, the #Bear are now in improved mitigation protocols, by source. Among other things, this means mandatory mask wear and daily testing for all players and staff, regardless of their vaccination status.
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) 25 October 2021
With Nagy out of Halas Hall until further notice, Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor will lead all team meetings in Nagy’s absence. This gives Defensive Coordinator Sean Desai and Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor time to focus on their respective units.
For any vaccinated players or coaches who test positive for COVID-19, they need two negative tests more than 24 hours apart to come back. If they are not vaccinated, they are required to self-isolate for 10 days and may return afterwards if they are asymptomatic.