On Friday afternoon, the Chicago Bears placed offensive lineman Elijah Wilkinson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The announcement comes just one day after the Bears broke a five-game losing streak with a victory over the Detroit Lions. So far, no other players have joined the list along with Wilkinson. For now, it appears to be an isolated incident.
#Bears roster move:— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) November 26, 2021
We have placed OL Elijah Wilkinson on Reserve/COVID-19.
Wilkinson appeared in all 11 games for the Bears this year. He is halfway through his fifth season in the NFL, the first with Chicago. The offensive lineman has been part of a rotating group up front this season, only notching one start.
Furthermore, Wilkinson is unvaccinated, according to Patrick Finley of the Sun-Times.
The #Bears put backup tackle Elijah Wilkinson on the reserve/Covid list yet again. He is unvaccinated— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) November 26, 2021
This means that he has to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. Additionally, he must test negative and show no symptoms after that as well. He will now miss the Bears’ next game on December 5 against the visiting Arizona Cardinals.
No further information has emerged on Wilkinson’s COVID-19 symptoms. We don’t know yet about other players’ risk or any other close contact with people outside the organization. This is the second time this season the Bears have placed Elijah Wilkinson on the COVID-19 reserve list.
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