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Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy tests positive for COVID-19
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Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy tests positive for COVID-19

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Ben and Donnie talk about yesterdays game with the Buccaneers absolutely embarrassing the Bears.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has tested positive for COVID-19 and will remain away from Halas Hall until further notice.

Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will run any full team meetings in Nagy’s absence.

On Sunday, right tackle Elijah Wilkinson was the fifth Bears player to go on the COVID-19 list in the last 11 days, and his absence proved costly in a 38-3 loss considering the team already was thin on the offensive line because of injuries.

Wilkinson’s absence due to the COVID-19 list wasn’t the only one the Bears felt Sunday. They also were missing outside linebacker Robert Quinn, who has 5½ sacks this season. The Bears didn’t sack Tom Brady and had just one quarterback hit.

Running back Damien Williams was the first to go on the list before the Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers and has since returned, as has wide receivers coach Mike Furrey, who missed the Packers game. Tight end Jimmy Graham and inside linebacker Caleb Johnson missed Sunday’s game because they are on the list.

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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. 

After the Week 7 game, Nagy said he would know more Sunday night about whether the Bears have to go into enhanced protocols to avoid a further outbreak.

“That’s something that we’re going to look into, to make sure that whatever we’re doing, it’s the smartest thing we can do,” Nagy said. “It’s stating the obvious that we’ve had a few that have come up, so what we need to do is make sure that we’re doing everything we can to be smart, to continue to follow what we follow … and listen to what everybody tells us to do, meaning the league.”

Unvaccinated players have stricter protocols than vaccinated players. That includes missing at least 10 days if they test positive for the virus and five days if they are deemed close contacts. Vaccinated players who test positive can return to the team after they return two negative tests within 24 hours and will not be deemed close contacts.

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