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Bears place Safety Eddie Jackson on COVID-19 list

The COVID-19 designation is for players who either test possitive, or who have had a close contact with COVID-19

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Not great news for the Chicago Bears coming out of the bye, as they place Eddie Jackson on the COVID-19 list. For those that don’t know, the designation is for players who either test positive, or who have had a close contact with COVID-19.

This marks the eighth player the Bears have placed on the list this season, with Cody Whitehair, Germain Ifedi, Deon Bush, Michael Joseph, Jason Spriggs, Badara Traore and Lachavious Simmons all spending time their previously.

Jackson forms part of a core of young play-makers on the Bears defense, having been voted to two Pro Bowls, and selected as First Team All-Pro over his 4 year career. This season he has 58 tackles, two pass breakups and three forced fumbles, including one recovered for a defensive touchdown.

Should he miss this week’s game against the Packers, it will mark just the 3rd game he’s missed in his career in Chicago. Look for Sherrick McManis to get reps in his place if necessary (assuming he’s back from injury).

Update: It APPEARS Jackson was placed on the list due to a close contact outside of Halas Hall testing positive, and not because he himself has tested positive. We’ll update as we get more information.

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