NFL teams figure to be racking up visits this time of year due to the ever-growing list of players entering COVID protocols.
And the Chicago Bears are among them:
Source: The #Bears signed QB Ryan Willis to their practice squad today. Adds depth with Andy Dalton on the COVID list.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) December 18, 2021
PFF’s Doug Kyed reports the Bears are bringing QB Ryan Willis to their practice squad. The move comes one day after the team put Andy Dalton in COVID protocols. Dalton was already not practicing due to an injury to his non-throwing hand. But this seems like a move to have a warm body just in case other issues pop up.
If Willis’ name seems vaguely familiar, it’s because he was in for workouts back in September. Here’s what we had in our write up back then:
Ryan Willis is a 24-year-old whose lone professional experience came in The Spring League, a developmental football league. At least it was good experience. Willis was The Spring League’s Mega Bowl MVP, given to the best performer of the league’s championship game. The Virginia Tech product went undrafted in 2020 and hasn’t been able to tag along with any NFL team since.
It’s best to not underestimate the importance of having healthy bodies this time of year. But here’s to not needing to activate this one to the active roster.