The Bears on Monday placed rookie running back Artavis Pierce on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Pierce signed with the Bears this year as an undrafted free agent from Oregon State, where he rushed for 2,127 yards and 15 touchdowns on 366 carries and caught 74 passes for 578 yards and two TDs in 44 games over four seasons.
The new reserve/COVID-19 list category was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or who have been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person. If a player falls into either of these categories, his club is required to immediately place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and that player is not counted on the active roster.
Per agreed upon NFL-NFLPA policy, teams are not permitted to comment on a player’s medical status other than referring to roster status. That includes not disclosing whether players are in quarantine or have tested positive for COVID-19.