The Bears announced on Wednesday that they placed rookie right tackle Larry Borom onto the reserve/COVID-19 list. Borom is the fifth Bears player to enter the COVID-19 protocols this week, joining Eddie Goldman, Artie Burns, Mario Edwards, Jr. and Sam Kamara. Elijah Wilkinson also remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The spike in players heading into COVID-19 protocols is not unique to the Bears. Across the NFL, over 20 players were placed on reserve/COVID-19 lists on Tuesday alone. No team was hit harder than the Browns, who have had 18 players enter the protocols over the last 17 days. The Bears players who spoke to the media on Wednesday said that they’re taking the virus’ resurgence seriously, they’re not worrying about an extended outbreak inside Halas Hall.
Meanwhile, Borom entering the protocol puts additional stress on a Bears offensive line that is already running thin. Starting right tackle Germain Ifedi has been on injured reserve since October with a knee injury. As mentioned earlier, backup tackle Wilkinson is also on the reserve/COVID-19 list. On the left side of the line, Teven Jenkins was thrust into action after Jason Peters sustained an ankle injury. If Borom and Peters aren’t cleared to play before Sunday, that would leave either Lachavious Simmons or Alex Bars to play right tackle against the Vikings, barring another roster move.
Simmons has already been pressed into action due to mounting injuries on the line. He drew a start against the Buccaneers in Week 7, but he was benched after only 22 snaps due to shoddy play against the Bucs’ elite front seven. Simmons hasn’t played since that game.