Chicago Bears close facility after another COVID positive

By Reuters
Nov 10, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the Chicago Bears helmet before the game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears closed their facility and are working remotely Thursday after another player tested positive for COVID-19.

Bears center Cody Whitehair tested positive, the NFL Network reported, a day after the team put backup OL Jason Spriggs and starting guard Germain Ifedi on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Spriggs tested positive while Ifedi was declared a high-risk close contact.

“This morning we were notified that another Bears player has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the club has decided to pause all in-person football activities and close Halas Hall,” the Bears said in a statement.

“Today’s practice has been canceled and all meetings will be conducted virtually. The player who tested positive and all close contacts have been contacted and have already begun self-isolation. We will continue to work closely with the NFL medical experts and follow the league’s intensive protocol. The health and safety of our team, players and staff are the highest priority.”

The Bears (5-3) are scheduled to travel to Nashville to play the Tennessee Titans (5-2) on Sunday.

(Field Level Media)