Bears see 3 coordinators on COVID-19 list
The Chicago Bears were missing their three coordinators due to COVID-19 protocols as they prepared for Monday night’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.
Bears coach Matt Nagy said offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, defensive coordinator Sean Desai and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor were attending meetings remotely this week. Their status for the game is uncertain.
COVID-19 hit the Bears hard this week, one of many teams that test positive. About 100 players from the 32 teams have tested positive.
Chicago has put five players on the COVID-19 reserve list since Monday and has six in total. And now the coordinators are in the protocol.
Players on the COVID-19 roster are tackle Larry Borom, tackle Elijah Wilkinson, nasal tackle Eddie Goldman, cornerback Artie Burns, defensive tackle Mario Edwards Jr. and practice squad linebacker Sam Kamara.
As a result, along with other more conventional illnesses and injuries, Nagy decided to hold a walk-in workout on Wednesday rather than a full workout.
Nagy missed a game earlier this year against San Francisco, a 33-22 loss, due to COVID-19 issues, and Tabor coached the Bears.
Washington placed three more players on the COVID-19 list on Thursday, after eight on Wednesday. The squad total is 21, with two players on the injured reserve and two on the practice squad. Safety Sam Curl was the only starter added to the roster, and was joined by centers Keith Ismael and Tyler Larsen.
Curl joins the other defensive starters of lineman Jon Allen and cornerback Kendall Fuller on the roster. Washington could be reduced to its fifth option at center due to coronavirus concerns and injuries.
–Seattle could be without one of its stars, wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who was put on the COVID-19 roster on Thursday with running back Alex Collins. The Seahawks had no players who tested positive in the 2020 season, but had three this year: tight end Gerald Everett was the other in September.
Lockett has a team-high 62 receptions for 1,023 yards and six touchdowns. Last week, Lockett became the second player in franchise history with three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards, joining Hall of Fame Steve Largent.
Lockett had five catches for 142 yards and one touchdown last week against Houston and is 35 yards short to set a career-high for a season.
Collins served as a starter for most of this season after Chris Carson was lost to a neck injury that ended the season in Week 4. But Collins went through several woes.
– Cleveland tight end David Njoku was activated from the COVID-19 roster, adding a point guard ahead of Saturday’s game against Las Vegas. The virus sidelined coach Kevin Stefanski and quarterback Baker Mayfield on Wednesday, whose status for this week remains in question. The Browns have 17 players, including 10 starters, on the COVID-19 roster.
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