Bears coach Matt Nagy remains in COVID-19 protocol, will not coach vs. 49ers

The Chicago Bears will look to snap a two-game skid Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers without head coach Matt Nagy.

The Bears announced Saturday that Nagy remains in the COVID-19 protocol and will not coach in the team's Week 8 home game. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will fill in for Nagy, who is vaccinated but announced Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19. Tabor, who's been leading the Bears' special teams since Nagy arrived in Chicago in 2018, has been serving as the head coach in team settings throughout the week.

Chicago began enhanced mitigation protocols -- that includes mandatory mask-wearing around the team facility and daily testing for all players and staff, regardless of vaccination status -- after placing four players on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Nagy's positive test.

Pass rusher Robert Quinn and right tackle Elijah Wilkinson were removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, while offensive lineman Germain Ifedi was added after testing positive, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

The Bears were already shorthanded with linebacker Khalil Mack ruled out because of a foot injury. They're 2-1 at Soldier Field this year, after falling 24-14 to the Packers just two weeks ago. The Niners (2-4) have dropped four straight after winning their first two contests.

Nagy will be the second NFL coach to miss a game this season due to COVID, joining the Arizona Cardinals' Kliff Kingsbury (Week 6).

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