Bears practice squad player tests positive for COVID-19 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
A member of the Bears practice squad has tested positive for COVID-19, per multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the news.
The Bears announced late Saturday afternoon they placed offensive lineman Badara Traore on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The reserve list is for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or those who are quarantined after having been in close contact with someone who is positive.
Per NFL-NFLPA policy, teams cannot disclose whether a player is in quarantine or if they have tested positive.
According to Schefter and Mark Maske of The Washington Post, contact tracing is underway. The Bears facilities have been closed since Thursday night, when they beat the Buccaneers 20-19 at Soldier Field.
There are no new positives in Tennessee nor New England, but there are now two other positive tests: one for a practice squad player in Chicago, but Bears have been closed since Thursday night, and a strength and conditioning coach in Kansas City, per source. Tracing is ongoing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2020
Bears had a positive test result for a player. Chiefs had a positive test result for a staff member. Both results confirmed by a source. Bears' facility is closed and contact tracing ongoing but no further issues expected at this point in terms of effect on games, source says.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) October 10, 2020
This marks the first positive test for the Bears since intake testing began. It's worth noting practice squad players are not allowed on the sideline during games.
The Bears next game is Oct. 18 at the Panthers.