Tyler Bray’s Availability for Sunday is in Question Because of the Bears’ COVID-19 Situation

Mitchell Trubisky was reportedly off to Los Angeles to visit a specialist after suffering his third shoulder injury in as many years.

Now, it turns out the Chicago Bears could be without both of their backup quarterbacks. As Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune tweets, Tyler Bray could ultimately be tabbed as a high-risk close contact in the Bears’ developing COVID situation:

Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy has yet to address the media via Zoom conference call. So I imagine he could provide some clarity as far as that situation is concerned. But for the moment, there lies a distinct possibility that Chicago could be without both of its backup quarterbacks. That’s scary in a normal year, especially with a depleted offensive line. But in a year such as 2020, where a team can’t sign a backup off the street without putting them through COVID-19 protocols first, the Bears could be a snap away from enacting its emergency quarterback option(s). And remember, possibly their top option, Tarik Cohen, is out for the year.

Cordarrelle Patterson is a multi-purpose athlete who could conceivably run Wildcat gimmicks if necessary. Punter Pat O’Donnell has a perfect 158.3 passer rating and a touchdown pass under his belt. Can Khalil Mack do it? Would NFL bylaws keep Matt Nagy from suiting up and performing player/coach duties? Could Kyle Sloter or Jake Rudock slip in as possibilities in time to meet and pass protocols? Stay tuned. This situation is still developing.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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