Health and injury reports have always been a drag. But the spike in COVID cases around the country has also had an impact on the NFL. And much like many other teams, the Bears haven’t been able to get through it unscathed.
But at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel:
#Bears HC Matt Nagy announces that Allen Robinson, Jaylon Johnson, Tashaun Gipson, Jesse James and Ryan Nall are being removed from reserve/COVID-19 list.
— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) December 27, 2021
Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy told reporters that a wave of players are coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list today. Among them are three key starters.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson II, cornerback Jaylon Johnson, and safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. are being activated today. Joining them are reserve tight end Jesse James and backup running back Ryan Nall. Robinson is battling through a down year with just 32 catches, 353 receiving yards, and one touchdown. However, Robinson is still coming off consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. So it’s not like he can’t be a helpful threat. Johnson has established himself as a solid starting cornerback two years into his career. Gipson has filled in admirably as a tag team partner with Eddie Jackson over the last two seasons. Unfortunately, Jackson remains in COVID protocols at this time.
Activation from the COIVD reserve list puts them in line to play in Sunday’s upcoming game against the Giants. No, there isn’t much to play for at this stage of the season with the Bears having already been eliminated from the postseason. But it is still nice to pass along any possible good news in terms of health updates whenever they come along.