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Bears LB Caleb Johnson, Bucs assistant Kevin Ross sidelined

Field Level Media
25 Oct 2021, 02:19 GMT+10

Due to COVID protocols, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross and Chicago Bears linebacker Caleb Johnson will both be unavailable when the teams face off Sunday in Tampa.

Injured Tampa Bay cornerback Richard Sherman is expected to help fill Ross' role on the sideline after doing the same this week in practice.

Ross still needs to return two negative tests 24 hours apart before he can return to the team.

The Bucs (5-1) will also be without tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Antonio Brown and linebacker Lavonte David against the Bears (3-3).

Brown (ankle), David (ankle) and Sherman (hamstring) were all injured in Tampa Bay's 28-22 win in Philadelphia on Oct. 14. Gronkowski (ribs) has not played since Week 3.

The Bears added Johnson to COVID Reserve on Sunday, joining tight end Jimmy Graham (added Friday) and linebacker Robert Quinn (Tuesday). Johnson has four tackles and a fumble recovery in special teams duty this season.

Running back Damien Williams came off of COVID Reserve for the Bears on Saturday

--Field Level Media

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