Tardiness turns into one fine mess for Jaylon Johnson
The second-year cornerback was fined $2,745 by the Bears for being late Tuesday — and expressed his indignation in an Instagram post that included a copy of the letter informing him of the fine.
Cornerback Jaylon Johnson could be in for a talking-to in addition to the $2,745 fine he received from the Bears for tardiness after he posted the letter that informed him of the fine, with an expression of indignation at being fined for being one minute late, on Instagram.
“This shii crazy bruh . . walked in as it turned 8:16 and they tax me like this,” Johnson’s Instagram post said, with a copy of the letter, signed by coach Matt Nagy, that had the legal formality of a subpoena:
“This is to inform you that you are hereby being fined $2,745.00 for your Unexcused Late to Building at Daily Specified Mandatory Report Time on October 19, 2021, pursuant to 2.5 (j) of the 2021 Chicago Bears’ Maximum Club Discipline Schedule in accordance with Article 42 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”
Nagy was unaware of the social-media post when a reporter asked about it Wednesday. Johnson deleted the post later.
“Well, that’s news to me,” Nagy said. “But at the same time, I’ll be able to talk to him and see what that’s all about. But Jaylon’s been doing great. Again . . . I’ll be able to discuss it with him.”
Johnson has six pass breakups, tied for ninth in the NFL.
Quinn in limbo
The Bears provided no information on the status of outside linebacker Robert Quinn, who was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. Quinn has 5½ sacks in six games this season.
“All I can say about him right now is he is on the COVID list,” Nagy said. “That is the only thing I can say on that subject.”
If Quinn is vaccinated — as he is presumed to be based on him not wearing a mask during media interviews at Halas Hall — he would need two negative coronavirus tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to be activated.
Nagy also gave no update on running back Damien Williams, who was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week and did not play against the Packers. Wide receivers coach Mike Furrey, who also missed last week’s game because of coronavirus protocols, is still out, Nagy said.
Outside linebacker Khalil Mack (foot) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (groin) did not practice. Both played against the Packers after missing most or all of practice. But Hicks appeared to aggravate his injury on a sack of Aaron Rodgers and could miss the game Sunday against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson (ankle), kick returner Jakeem Grant (ankle) and reserve linebacker Caleb Johnson (knee) did not practice. Tight end Jimmy Graham was rested, even though he played only 19 snaps against Green Bay.
Safety Tashaun Gipson was limited with a hip injury. Gipson missed the games against the Browns and Lions in Weeks 3 and 4 with a hamstring injury. Tight end J.P. Holtz (quadriceps) and wide receiver Darnell Mooney (groin) also were limited.