Bears return 2 starters from reserve/COVID-19 list
Safety Eddie Jackson and rookie right tackle Larry Borom, who both missed Monday night’s game against the Vikings after getting the coronavirus last week, were activated. So was practice-squad outside linebacker Sam Kamara.
The Bears got three players — two starters — back from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. And, in a sign that the coronavirus isn’t done running its way through the roster, put another player on it.
Safety Eddie Jackson and rookie right tackle Larry Borom, who both missed the game Monday night against the Vikings after getting the coronavirus last week, were activated. Practice-squad outside linebacker Sam Kamara also was activated.
Tight end Jesper Horsted, who caught a touchdown pass as time expired in the 17-9 loss at Soldier Field, was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He is vaccinated.
The Bears are still practicing without offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor, though coach Matt Nagy said they’re getting closer to a return.
Asked whether Borom would start over Germain Ifedi, who returned from injured reserve to start Monday, Nagy said the team hasn’t made a decision. The Bears have been complimentary of Borom’s play all season long, though.
“Is it easy as you go through making those decisions? No, it’s not,” Nagy said. “But what is good to know is that you have depth there. It’s a good problem to have. We’ll discuss, and we’ll do what we think is best.”
If Pro Bowl returner Jakeem Grant remains out with a concussion, the Bears could try someone new after wide receiver Damiere Byrd muffed a punt on the second play of the fourth quarter that gave the Vikings the ball at the Bears’ 37.
Nagy hinted that the Bears could look at replacing him with rookie Dazz Newsome, who made his NFL debut against the Vikings.
“Damiere, it’s unfortunate what happened the other day — and I know Damiere more than anybody wants that back — but I have a lot of confidence in Damiere,” Nagy said. “I think that he’s somebody who has done it before. We also have some other players, too, whether it’s a guy like Dazz Newsome, too, that’s been back there.”
Like Grant, cornerback Xavier Crawford remains in the league’s concussion protocol. Left tackle Jason Peters, who hurt his ankle against the Packers, didn’t practice Wednesday, either. The Bears estimated that wide receiver Marquise Goodwin would’ve been a limited participant had the team held an intensive practice rather than a walkthrough. Defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga, who was inactive Monday night, would have practiced in full despite a shoulder injury.
The Seahawks didn’t practice Wednesday because they played Tuesday night. They estimated the following players would’ve sat out with injuries: defensive tackle Al Woods (shoulder), guard Gabe Jackson (knee), linebacker Jon Rhattigan (knee) and running back Travis Homer (hamstring).
Wide receiver DK Metcalf (foot), defensive tackle Poona Ford (knee) and running back Alex Collins (abdomen) were among the players who would’ve been limited. Collins was reinstated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. The team put tight end Will Dissly on the list.