Bears place RB Damien Williams on reserve/COVID-19 list

Williams carried 16 times for 64 yards in Chicago's win at Las Vegas on Sunday.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears have placed veteran running back Damien Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Williams was deemed a close contact or tested positive for the virus. He'll be eligible to be activated after either producing two negative tests or 10 days have gone by, whichever occurs first.

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Williams opted out of playing last season due to a family health matter and subsequent concerns about COVID-19.

Williams rushed 16 times for 64 yards during Chicago's 20-9 win at Las Vegas on Sunday. The Bears are currently thin at running back without Williams. Starter David Montgomery (left knee sprain) must remain on injured reserve for at least two more weeks, while Tarik Cohen (knee) can't be activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list until next week at the earliest.

The Bears would likely turn to rookie Khalil Herbert as their primary running back if Williams isn't cleared to return by Sunday, when Chicago (3-2) hosts Green Bay (4-1) at Soldier Field.

 Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.