The Bears paused all in-person football activities Thursday morning after someone in the building had tested positive for COVID-19. The Bears immediately sent players and staff home and shifted to virtual meetings, but then scheduled a practice at Halas Hall for Thursday afternoon.
A number of Bears players and coaches were inside Halas Hall early Thursday morning when the team learned of the positive test -- the team's fourth since Monday.
"Obviously, we're not exempt from this pandemic," Bears coach Matt Nagy said on a hastily arranged Zoom call Thursday morning. "We all know that cases are on the rise. And I just want to credit our players and coaches for adapting and staying flexible. It's not easy. But we have the right mindset. I think that our guys showed that this morning with being able to adapt on short notice."
Three practice squad players -- defensive tackle LaCale London, linebacker Manti Te'o and wide receiver Thomas Ives -- were moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list this week after confirmed positive tests.
Nagy does not believe -- based on preliminary information -- that the latest positive test is related to any of the three active practice squad cases.
The Bears (5-7) are scheduled to host the Houston Texans (4-8) on Sunday, and Nagy said it is too soon to tell whether the game will be affected.
"I think in regards to [the game], that just hasn't come up," Nagy said. "I think we're trying to get through this here. But that has not been brought up or talked about."