Two Bears practice-squad players test positive for coronavirus

The Bears put two practice-squad players on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list Monday: linebacker Manti Te’o and defensive tackle LaCale London.

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The Bears signed Manti Te’o to their practice squad earlier this season.

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The Bears put two practice-squad players on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list: inside linebacker Manti Te’o and defensive tackle LaCale London. Both tested positive for the coronavirus, a source said.

The Bears are working with the NFL to conduct contact tracing for both players, whose cases are unrelated. Anyone found to have been a close contact of either player will have to isolate for five days, dating to their last interaction.

The 5-7 Bears host the Texans on Sunday at Soldier Field.

As part of the NFL’s new, stricter protocol implemented last month, the Bears’ facility is closed to players on Mondays and Tuesdays except for testing, which takes place in a trailer in the Halas Hall parking lot.

Best-known as a former Notre Dame star, Te’o was signed to the Bears’ practice squad in October after playing four years for the Chargers and three for the Saints. London, an undrafted rookie from Western Illinois, spent time with the Bears during training camp and was signed to the practice squad after cut day.

The 5-7 Bears host the Texans on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

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