Reading Thursday’s Chicago Bears injury report put me in a glass case of emotions.
Eddie Goldman was a full participant in Thursday’s practice, marking the first such occurrence of the 2021 season. The beefy nose tackle hasn’t been in on a regular-season NFL snap since the end of the 2019 season. And at points when it looked as if Goldman was making progress, it turned out to be one of those one step forward-two steps back deals. If history doesn’t repeat itself and Goldman can put together consecutive practices with full participation, I’ll prepare to pencil him into the starting lineup.
Justin Fields practiced in full again, too. That marks back-to-back full practices for the rookie quarterback who is dealing with a right hand injury. Fields has been practicing with a protective brace on his throwing hand, but it hasn’t been a limiting factor in practice. If I didn’t know any better, I would consider it to be good news that Fields is still a full-go despite the injury. And should Fields make it three-in-a-row, I imagine he would be getting the QB1 reps on Sunday at Soldier Field.
It’s just that the rest of the injury report fills me with angst:
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) September 30, 2021
Khalil Mack was out for a second straight practice due to a foot injury. Mack didn’t play a full set of defensive snaps in the Bears’ Week 3 loss to the Browns because of the injury he sustained early in the game. But he did come back to play after missing some time. So perhaps this is a maintenance move to keep Mack healthy ahead of Sunday’s game against the Lions.
Also missing in practice action were safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. (hamstring), linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring), tight end Jesse James (personal), and cornerback Xavier Crawford (back). Another day of missing practice would be telling for Gipson (who didn’t play last Sunday) and Iyiegbuniwe (who left the game early and didn’t return). We’ll keep tabs on those and others when the third injury report update drops on Friday afternoon.