LAKE FOREST – Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman is listed as “doubtful” for Sunday’s season opener against the Los Angeles Rams.
Goldman missed practice for the third consecutive day Friday. He has not practiced since Monday, when head coach Matt Nagy said Goldman tweaked his knee.
Goldman opted out of the entire 2020 season. He returned to Halas Hall in Lake Forest for training camp in July, but then sat out about a week and a half in August on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Goldman played in only one of the Bears’ three preseason games. He has not season regular-season action since 2019.
Rookie defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga is listed as the backup nose tackle on the depth chart. Tonga is a seventh-round draft pick out of BYU. The Bears also signed defensive tackles Damion Square and Margus Hunt to the practice squad this week. It’s possible one could be elevated to the active roster if Goldman can’t play.
Several more players are listed as “questionable” for Sunday: Linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (shoulder), linebacker Khalil Mack (groin), receiver Darnell Mooney (back), linebacker Robert Quinn (back), safety Tashaun Gipson (back), defensive back Deon Bush (shoulder), safety Eddie Jackson (wrist) and long snapper Patrick Scales (ankle). However, all were full participants in practice Friday except for Gipson, who was limited.