The hits keep coming for the Bears.
And not the good kind, like the ones you want to keep playing over and over again:
#Bears roster moves:
– DB Deon Bush has been placed on IR
– LB Robert Quinn has been placed on Reserve/COVID-19
– DB Teez Tabor has been signed from the PS to the active roster
– RB Chris Thompson has been signed to the PS
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) October 19, 2021
Nothing like a flurry of health-related roster moves days after another soul-crushing defeat at the hands of the Packers to make your Tuesday afternoon.
Robert Quinn is the eye-catching name here, as he lands on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Brad Biggs of the Tribune reports it is from a positive test. Bummer. Quinn joins running back Damien Williams and WRs Coach Mike Furrey in being under the league’s COVID protocol. That the Quinn announcement came early in the week gives him a higher probability of returning for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Although, Quinn’s health should take precedent over his availability for the upcoming game. Even if it is a game against Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champs.
In order for Quinn to clear protocol, he’ll need to come through with two negative tests at least 24 hours apart (if he is vaccinated). But if Quinn hasn’t been given a COVID-19 vaccine, then he must isolate from the team for five days (even if he tests negative). Perhaps we’ll have a better timeline on Quinn’s situation once Head Coach Matt Nagy addresses it in his weekly media briefing.
If Quinn can’t go, the Bears will certainly miss the presence of a defender who has collected 5.5 sacks, 5 tackles-for-loss, and 7 quarterback hits in six games.
Deon Bush will also miss time moving forward. Bush is going on injured reserve, where he will miss a minimum of three games. Bush suffered a quadriceps injury during Chicago’s Week 6 loss against Green Bay. Between splitting time as a core special teams contributor and valuable safety playing in a big nickel in the secondary.
In place of Bush, the Bears have promoted Teez Tabor, signing him to the active roster. Tabor, unrelated to Bears Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor, was a second-round pick by the Lions in 2017. A cornerback by trade after spending his college career at Florida, Chicago signed Tabor to its practice squad last year and began his transition into a safety. It’ll be interesting to see how much he plays and where he lines up when he gets an opportunity.
And finally, Chris Thompson joins the running back room by way of the practice squad. Thompson jumps on board at a time when the Bears could use some help at the position. With David Montgomery out with a knee injury and Damien Williams in COVID protocol, the Bears have brought on Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce into the fold. Those promotions cleared roster room for Thompson, who was among the recent tryouts visiting Halas Hall.