The Bears will join the growing number of teams largely sitting out of voluntary workouts this offseason.
In a statement made through the NFL Players Association, the Bears announced the majority of the team would sit out of voluntary in-person workouts “to stay as safe as possible” during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 remains a risk both to our team, our families and to our fellow NFL players,” the statement said. “We also saw the health and safety benefits of a fully virtual offseason, as injuries across the NFL were down last year. Players remain unclear about the protocols and protections, and rules remain inconsistent despite the last minute communication by the NFL yesterday.
“It is for these reasons that the majority of our locker room are choosing to exercise our right and not participate in in-person voluntary workouts in order to stay as safe as possible.”
Other teams that have announced that many, or all, of their players won't attend voluntary workouts this offseason include the Patriots, Lions, Buccaneers, Seahawks and Broncos.
According to a report from Tom Pelissero last November, the Bears will be eligible to begin offseason workouts on April 19.