(670 The Score) The Panthers have entered the NFL's intensive protocols after being exposed to a COVID-19 positive player against the Falcons last Sunday. The protocols require virtual meetings and mandatory personal protective equipment during practice.
The Panthers, who host the Bears this Sunday, haven't had any positive tests but must work under these protocols as a measure of precaution. This steps come after Falcons rookie defensive lineman Marlon Davidson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.
Davidson played 12 snaps in Carolina's win in Atlanta. The NFL hasn't found exposure transmitted during games as part of its contact tracing efforts.
The Bears were forced to monitor their own locker room after practice squad offensive lineman Badara Traore tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend. The team kept the practice squad away from Halas Hall through Tuesday, and Traore was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Bears have only held a light walk-through Monday since earning a 20-19 victory against the Buccaneers last Thursday.
Kickoff between the Bears (4-1) and Panthers (2-2) comes at noon CT Sunday from Charlotte.
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