Bears’ Matt Nagy remains in COVID-19 protocol, won’t coach vs. 49ers

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The Chicago Bears will be without head coach Matt Nagy when they host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Nagy, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, remains in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol, and he hasn’t been cleared to return to the sidelines on Sunday.

Rules state that an individual must have two negative tests 24 hours apart in order to return to their team. It sounds like Nagy didn’t have a negative test Saturday morning, as he’s already been ruled out for Sunday.

With Nagy watching the game from home, it’ll be special teams coordinator Chris Tabor serving as acting head coach against San Francisco. Tabor has been running team meetings this week in Nagy’s absence.

“If that comes to fruition, I’ll be honest with you, I run a team meeting every day, and I know in the special teams world, it is a team meeting,” Tabor said Thursday. “I deal with every player on this football team, from the quarterbacks to the defensive linemen to the offensive linemen. I meet with them every [day]. To me, that’s no different. Meeting and leading guys, that’s not a big deal.”

Chicago has dealt with a slew of COVID issues over the last couple of weeks, as tight end Jimmy Graham, right tackle Germain Ifedi and wide receivers coach Mike Furrey remain on the COVID list.

The Bears will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak against the 49ers.

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