The Chicago Bears moved running back Damien Williams to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.
If Williams is vaccinated, he needs to record two negative tests 24 hours apart while being symptom-free in order to return, per NFL protocols.
That might not be enough time for Williams to make it back for Sunday’s showdown in Chicago against the rival Green Bay Packers. The winner between Green Bay (4-1) and Chicago (3-2) will lead the NFC North.
The Bears are already down one running back, David Montgomery. Starting the season as their lead back, Montgomery suffered a sprained knee and was moved to injured reserve earlier this month.
If Williams can’t go, Khalil Herbert will take the top spot on Chicago’s depth chart. The rookie sixth-round draft pick took 18 carries for 75 yards last week in a road win over the Las Vegas Raiders, while Williams had 16 attempts for 64 yards and a touchdown plus two receptions for 20 yards.
Williams, 29, is in his first season with the Bears and opted out of the 2020 season due to the pandemic. In 90 games spent with the Miami Dolphins (2014-17), Kansas City Chiefs (2018-19) and Chicago, he’s amassed 1,368 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns while catching 148 passes for 1,167 yards and another 10 touchdowns.
–Field Level Media