On Thursday afternoon the Chicago Bears placed running back Damien Williams on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Williams received the start last week with David Montgomery on injured reserve, and if Williams is unable to go this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, then look for rookie Khalil Herbert to get the nod with the number one offense. The Bears also have the recently signed Ryan Nall on the active roster and Artavis Pierce on the practice squad (he was protected this week). If Williams is still on the Reserve/COVID-19 on Sunday the team will be allowed to bring Pierce up to play.
As a reminder, players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list haven’t necessarily tested positive, as it could be a close contact situation.
However, per the NFL’s wire, today Williams did test positive, which makes it highly unlikely he can play on Sunday.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are immediately isolated, not permitted to access club facilities, or have direct contact with players or personnel. Club medical staff are in regular communication with individuals who test positive to monitor symptoms.
* Unvaccinated individuals must isolate for 10 days away from the club facility.
* Vaccinated individuals who are asymptomatic may return to the facility once they have received two consecutive negative laboratory PCR tests taken at least 24 hours apart. Vaccinated individuals who are symptomatic must also return two negative tests taken at least 24 hours apart and must be asymptomatic for 48 hours. If vaccinated individuals don’t return two consecutive negative tests, they may return after 10 days.
We’ll update this article accordingly if any more news breaks.