Because of a thigh injury, Eddie Goldman played on just 12 percent of the Bears’ defensive snaps in the team’s loss to the Eagles last Sunday … and then popped up as a non-participant on the first injury report of the week.
To be totally honest, just the thought of Goldman being unavailable to anchor Chicago’s defensive line when it was already playing short-handed without Akiem Hicks made me all sorts of nervous about defending Detroit’s rush offense. Because even without Kerryon Johnson, the Bears have allowed lesser foes to get theirs on the ground in recent weeks.
But perhaps better days are coming.
Here is a look at an updated injury report:
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Goldman was listed as a limited participant in Thursday’s practice. That is an upgrade from not practicing at all. And upgrades are good. Thus, we celebrate moderately.
And while Goldman’s availability for this upcoming game against the Lions is still up-in-the-air, being limited is better than the alternative. If Goldman can’t go, Nick Williams projects to start in the nose tackle spot. But if Goldman can play, then the Bears’ run defense has more of a fighting shot with him in the lineup and Williams filling in here and there.
We will continue to monitor Goldman’s status as we approach game day. But for now, I’m digging the bit of optimism that comes with seeing a player going from “DNP” to “LIMITED” on the injury report.