The preparation for a Week 14 battle with the Houston Texans simply received extra complicated for the Chicago Bears. The group will not take the observe area on Thursday forward of the Sunday matchup, having closed their group facility after receiving information of a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Community. The person who examined optimistic has not been named, nor if it is a participant, coach or staffer.
The Bears launched the next assertion on Thursday morning relating to the take a look at outcome and subsequent facility closure:
“This morning, we have been notified that we had a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at. Consequently, the membership has elected to pause all in-person soccer actions in the present day and shut Halas Corridor. As a substitute, all assembly can be performed just about. The person who examined optimistic has been contacted and has already begun self-isolation. We’re working with the NFL medical specialists to establish shut contacts and observe the league’s steerage. The well being and security of our group, gamers and employees are the best precedence.”
This marks the second time the Bears have needed to shut their facility as a result of a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at — the primary having occurred in Week 9 when heart Cody Whitehair examined optimistic. The closure is the most recent within the league’s battle with the novel coronavirus, highlighted lately by the outbreak throughout the Baltimore Ravens group.
For the Bears, it is unclear once they’ll be permitted to reopen, and that concern combines with the missed Thursday observe to make for tense state of affairs — because the Bears attempt desperately to stay viable within the race for a wild-card berth within the NFC. They’ve misplaced their final six video games and sit at 5-7 on the season, and whereas the Texans themselves aren’t contenders, shedding prep time forward of a matchup with Deshaun Watson isn’t a good factor.
All of the Bears can do now’s undergo contact tracing and watch for the outcomes, together with the eventual NFL choice on once they can return to work in-person.