Bears take COVID-19 spike seriously, but not worried


For the first time since 2020, the rise of COVID-19 cases is becoming a serious cause for concern across the NFL. Over the past 17 days the Browns have placed 18 players onto their reserve/COVID-19 list. On Tuesday, across the league, over 20 players entered COVID-19 protocols. The Bears have been hit too, with four players going onto the reserve/COVID-19 list since Monday.

“I think everybody is doing the best they can do,” said Alec Ogletree. “Trying to make sure everybody is safe and prepared, and understanding why we have to do certain things in a certain way. And that's just to try to protect us, protect the people that work here, not just the players but you've got staff, a bunch of people that work here, come here everyday to earn their check.

“So you know as far as the protocols go we all have to abide by rules and do what we need to do to try and keep this as safe as possible and not have a big outbreak and spread, just try to protect one another.”

Despite the spike in positive test results, the Bears who spoke to the media on Wednesday didn’t seem overly concerned about the virus’ resurgence.

“It's a lot of stuff you can worry about in this life, it's not just COVID,” said Ogletree. “Things happen all over the world so this is just one thing that you know, obviously it's a big thing for a lot of people, and everybody, and it's the most talked about thing now, but me personally, I try to just say my prayers and count my blessings and keep a positive attitude about it.


“It's very easy to get down on the situation and be negative about it, but we are still blessed to have an opportunity to come in and do what we love to do along with other people. So I pray that everybody's healthy and safe, and able to do whatever they need to do in order to live day to day.”

“It just looks like it’s going to be something that’s floating around here for a while,” said Sam Mustipher. So understanding that, just taking the proper precautions outside of the facilities is something that my family and I like to do. So, you know, it’s just whatever it takes to play on game day.”

The Bears are taking the pragmatic approach of doing what they can to mitigate the spread inside Halas Hall, while still running their operation. But that doesn’t mean they’re not taking the ongoing pandemic seriously.

“COVID is a real thing and you have to be willing to protect others as well,” Ogletree said. “Trying to have your enjoyment and all the stuff like that but at the same time you want to be safe and try to protect those around you, your loved ones, and people that you don’t even know.”

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