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Chicago Bears OL Cody Whitehair tests positive for COVID-19

Another Chicago Bears offensive lineman tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that center Cody Whitehair tested positive, per a source informed of the situation.

Chicago decided to work virtually for the day as an added precaution to help prevent further potential spread, but later announced that the team has been cleared by the NFL to resume full activities at Halas Hall on Friday.

Whitehair's positive test was confirmed Friday but the Bears had no other positives from Thursday's round of testing, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The team was already in intensive protocol after offensive lineman Jason Spriggs tested positive earlier in the week. Spriggs was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. In addition, guard Germain Ifedi was declared a high-risk close contact, and was also put on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

"This morning we were notified that another Bears player has tested positive for COVID-19," the team said in a statement earlier in the day. "As a result, the club has decided to pause all in-person football activities and close Halas Hall. Today's practice has been canceled and all meetings will be conducted virtually. The player who tested positive and all close contacts have been contacted and have already begun self-isolation. We will continue to work closely with the NFL medical experts and follow the league's intensive protocol. The health and safety of our team, players and staff are the highest priority."

Rapport added that it doesn't appear there are many close contacts for Whitehair, in part because the club was already in intensive protocols.

The Bears are set to face the Titans in Tennessee on Sunday.

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