The beat up Bears offensive line could get some welcome news as soon as Monday night.
But there’s a large hurdle that needs to be cleared before we get to that point:
The #Bears say it's possible that Cody Whitehair could get activated from reserve/COVID-19 list by Monday night.
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) November 14, 2020
Center Cody Whitehair could be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list before Monday’s game against the Vikings. I wouldn’t etch it in stone just yet, but the possibility is real, per Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy.
If it happens, it would be a better-late-than-never boost for an offensive line who started backups at three positions in last week’s loss to the Titans. Whitehair, who landed on the reserve/virus list before the Bears’ Week 9 loss to the Titans, was already nursing a calf injury that had him sidelined. Whitehair suffered the injury in the second half of Chicago’s Week 7 loss against the Rams, and missed the two games that have followed.
In Whitehair’s absence, the Bears turned to Alex Bars. The second-year Notre Dame product performed admirably in a pinch. All things considered, it wasn’t bad for a player whose first NFL start was at a position he hadn’t played. Even still … it would be a welcome addition to see Whitehair return. But before that can happen, he’ll need to clear COVID-19 protocols. And as we’ve learned this year, that isn’t to be taken as a given.