LAKE FOREST, In poor health. — The Chicago Bears paused all in-person soccer actions on Thursday after somebody of their constructing examined constructive for COVID-19, the group introduced in an announcement.
“Clearly we’re not exempt from this pandemic,” Bears coach Matt Nagy mentioned on a swiftly organized Zoom name. “Everyone knows that instances are on the rise. And I simply need to credit score our gamers and coaches for adapting and staying versatile. It isn’t straightforward. However we’ve got the best mindset. I believe that our guys confirmed that this morning with having the ability to adapt on quick discover.”
Quite a few Bears gamers and coaches have been inside Halas Corridor early Thursday morning when the group discovered of the constructive take a look at — the group’s fourth since Monday. The Bears instantly despatched gamers and employees dwelling and shifted to digital conferences.
Three apply squad gamers — defensive deal with LaCale London, linebacker Manti Te’o and huge receiver Thomas Ives — have been all moved to the reserve/COVID-19 record this week after confirmed constructive checks.
Nagy doesn’t consider — primarily based on preliminary data — that the most recent constructive take a look at is said to any of the three energetic apply squad instances.
“For us, we understand that we have had a number of constructive instances final week, so we simply felt like proper now that is our determination to only say, ‘You understand what? Let’s simply hit the pause button for proper now,'” Nagy mentioned. “Let’s not put any of our gamers, coaches, employees at any sort of danger.
“Shoot, we have been doing Zoom conferences for weeks and weeks and actually this entire season. Let’s proceed to stay with our conferences by way of Zoom. And as soon as we get extra data … then we’ll get proper again to it.”
The 42-year previous head coach left open the potential for holding an indoor walk-through apply on Thursday night relying on whether or not the Bears obtain the mandatory medical clearance from the league.
The Bears (5-7) are scheduled to host the Houston Texans (4-8) on Sunday, and Nagy mentioned it’s too quickly to inform whether or not the sport shall be affected.
“I believe with regard to (the sport), that simply hasn’t come up,” Nagy mentioned. “I believe we’re making an attempt to get by means of this right here. However that has not been introduced up or talked about.”