DT Jenk­ins goes on re­serve/COVID list

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - Jason Lieser

Only days af­ter be­ing in­formed that start­ing nose tackle Ed­die Gold­man was opt­ing out of the 2020 sea­son, the Bears had to side­line his backup.

The team put vet­eran John Jenk­ins on the re­serve/COVID-19 list Thurs­day, mean­ing he has tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus or was in close con­tact with some­one who was in­fected.

The team has three play­ers on the list: Jenk­ins, tight end Eric Saubert and run­ning back

Ar­tavis Pierce. The NFL does not have spe­cific rules for play­ers to be ac­ti­vated, leav­ing it to each team to de­cide when they’re healthy enough to re­turn.

The Bears signed Jenk­ins to a one-year deal in April. He played eight games for them, in­clud­ing one start, in 2017.

He had a resur­gence with the Dol­phins last sea­son, play­ing ev­ery game and get­ting 43 per­cent of the de­fen­sive snaps.

John Jenk­ins

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