Heading into the final weekend before the Bears' bye week, it's still too early to tell whether they'll have Cody Whitehair and David Montgomery available for Monday night's game against Minnesota.
Matt Nagy dodged any real updates about either player on Thursday, saying that while the extra day certainly gives the team hope that one or both will be ready, it's too early to know for sure. Montgomery left last week's game with concussion-like symptoms.
"He’s in that protocol, so ... we just don’t have a lot that we can do with him being in there," Nagy said on Thursday. "We’ll just kind of have to wait and see and hope that each day he gets a little bit better."
Whitehair, who has missed the last two games with a calf injury, was also placed on the COVID-19/reserve list a week ago. Nagy said he thinks Whitehair is doing well, but (very awkwardly) declined to say whether or not Whitehair was symptomatic – instead choosing to claim that he doesn't know because he doesn't "get into all the symptom stuff," and "just stays away from that."
"I’m kind of keeping my fingers crossed as far as where he’s at," he said. "I hope that we get into a situation where we get good news here but I don’t have any updates right now with his status."
Ryan Nall and Lamar Miller would be the obvious candidates to fill in for Montgomery, while Whitehair's replacement is still uncertain. If Sam Mustipher can't return – and he was held out of Thursday's practice with a knee injury – then Alex Bars would presumably start his second straight game at center.