Whether Williams plays the Packers will depend on his negative tests and whether he is vaccinated.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears placed veteran running back Damien Williams in their reserve list / COVID-19 Thursday.
The Bears (3-2) host the Green Bay Packers (4-1) in a key NFC North divisional showdown on Sunday.
According to various reports, Williams was listed after testing positive, according to the notice to NFL staff. Nap asymptomatic and vaccinated, you will be able to return once you have two negative tests 24 hours apart. If you are vaccinated and develop symptoms, it could come back once you have two negative tests 24 hours apart and are asymptomatic for 48 hours.
If you are not vaccinated, you will need to be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days.
The timing of Williams going on the reserve / COVID-19 list is problematic because the Bears no longer have their best running back, David Montgomery, who is on injured reserve. for a knee sprain.
Even so, the Bears produced on the ground, even without Montgomery, in last week’s 20-9 win over the Las Vegas Raiders when Williams rushed for 64 yards and a score and rookie Khalil Herbert rushed for 75 yards on 18 attempts.
Herbert, Chicago’s sixth-round pick from Virginia Tech, would have a bigger role in the offense against Green Bay if Williams is unavailable Sunday. Herbert started the year as a special teams kicking returner, but has since transitioned to offense in light of Montgomery’s injury.
The Bears also have veteran running back Ryan Nall on the active roster and Artavis Pierce on the practice team.