The Bears on Sunday made a pair of roster moves involving undrafted rookie running backs, activating Artavis Pierce from the reserve/COVID-19 list and waiving Napoleon Maxwell.
Pierce was placed on the COVID-19 list last Monday. The category was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have 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 have tested positive for COVID-19.
Pierce appeared in 44 games over the past four seasons at Oregon State, rushing for 2,127 yards and 15 touchdowns on 366 carries and catching 74 passes for 578 yards and two TDs.
Maxwell rushed for 2,090 yards and 22 touchdowns on 392 carries in 45 games over four seasons at Florida International. After playing in six contests as a freshman in 2014, he missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons with torn ACLs before returning in 2017.