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Nagy making the best of working remotely


Two days after testing positive for COVID-19, Bears coach Matt Nagy remained quarantined away from Halas Hall Wednesday.

But from his remote location, Nagy was still able to participate in preparations for Sunday's home game against the 49ers.

"I'm in on all the Zoom meetings and I do have access to be able to watch practice via iPad," Nagy said during a video session with reporters. "Technology, that's the one good thing in this world that we're in."

With two coaches and five players having recently tested positive, the Bears have enacted stricter COVID protocols at Halas Hall: all meetings are being conducted virtually and everyone must wear masks at all times regardless of vaccination status. 

The Bears currently have four players on the reserve/COVID-19 list in tight end Jimmy Graham, right tackle Elijah Wilkinson, outside linebacker Robert Quinn and linebacker Caleb Johnson. Running back Damien Williams and receivers coach Mike Furrey had also been on the COVID list but have since rejoined the team.

"I'm just following and listening to all the guidelines they tell me and give me," Nagy said, "and then in the meantime, what we're doing is we have these contingency plans set, which we actually went through last year just going through this, so it's helped us in that regard.

"We've been able to really meet together virtually on Zoom, and it's been a heck of a lot better than it was last year. I guess we've advanced in that process. I appreciate that from the guys and coaches, so we're continuing to roll and adapt through this process."

Nagy, who is fully vaccinated, can rejoin the Bears after two negative tests in less than 24 hours. But he's uncertain of the timeline for his return and reiterated that special teams coordinator Chris Tabor would act as head coach Sunday against the 49ers if Nagy is not permitted to work the game.

Nagy would much prefer to be with his team inside Halas Hall, but he's not going to allow his present situation to sap his positive energy.

"One of my strengths is the relationships with the players and being able to connect with them and be there for them and support them and that sort of thing," Nagy said. "So, it kills me that I'm not able to do that and we'll see when I am able to do it. But that's life. 

"What I always have to do—which is to my core—is stay positive. When you stay positive, it makes things a lot easier, and it also helps others out. I'm just not a guy that gets real negative. I'm not a guy that just gets into these funks where I can't pull out. That's not me. That's not how I roll. 

"So, what I'm going to do is the situation that I'm in right now, I'm going to do that as best as I can and be there to support the coaches while I'm not there and help them in any way possible, whatever that is. And help my family out, however that is. Be there for them. All that stuff. Whatever it is. I'm going to stay positive, and then we'll see what happens."

The Bears were back on the practice field at Halas Hall in preparation for Sunday's matchup with the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field.