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Eddie Goldman opts out for 2020, is he the first of many Chicago Bears that will sit out the NFL season for COVID?

Will Mitchell Trubisky lead the Bears this year like he did at last year’s training camp at Bourbonnais? Photo by Denmaster Ken
Ken Mitchell

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Who’s Sitting with GM Ryan Pace on Bears Hot Seat? - SI.com - After an 8-8 season, the Bears can ill afford another decline like last year’s four-win dip from their division-winning season. Ken’s Note: I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I think there just plain is no hot seat in Chicago this season, there wasn’t one to start with and COVID will guarantee there won’t be one unless the Bears end up with the number 1 pick playing all starters.

Chicago Bears waive CB Tre Roberson - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Tuesday waived cornerback Tre Roberson with a non-football injury, a designation used for players who are unable to practice due to an injury that did not occur in an NFL game or practice.

Bears Waive CB Tre Roberson - 670 The Score - The Bears on Tuesday waived cornerback Tre Roberson with a non-football injury designation. Roberson suffered an injury while training for the season, a source said.

Bears Begin Different, Challenging Training Camp - 670 The Score - On Tuesday, the Bears reported for a training camp unlike any other as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. Most NFL teams won’t be allowed to have full contact practices until Aug. 17.

Would Aaron Rodgers Ever Play For Bears? ‘Tough Thought’ - 670 The Score - After his organization drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round in April, Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers acknowledged that he understands his career may not end in Green Bay.

Chicago Bears waive cornerback Tre Roberson - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears seemed intrigued by former CFL standout Tre Roberson. But on Tuesday, Roberson's bid to make the team ended. He was waived with a non-football injury designation.

Eddie Goldman: Chicago Bears nose tackle opts out - Chicago Tribune - Veteran Chicago Bears players are reporting to Halas Hall today, but one fixture in the team’s high-level defense won’t be there. Nose tackle Eddie Goldman, the linchpin of the run defense, will opt out for the 2020 season, according to NFL Network.

Chicago Bears: 101 questions for training camp - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to a Chicago Bears training camp full of questions. If Mitch Trubisky wins the quarterback competition, how long will his leash be? On the surface, don’t these Bears seem loaded enough to win at least 10 games and return to the postseason?

Eddie Goldman opts out: Bears are worse off, but that's not the point - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' defense without Eddie Goldman won't be as dominant as it could be in 2020, but there should be absolutely no criticizing the 26-year-old prioritizing his health.

No, Bears QB Nick Foles isn't actually opting out of the 2020 NFL season - NBC Sports Chicago - Things got a little confusing there for a minute.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers 'not elated' when team picked Jordan Love - NBC Sports Chicago - Pretty understandable given the success the Packers had in 2019.

Eddie Goldman Opts Out of 2020 Season: Who Are Possible Replacements? - On Tap Sports Net - The Bears have run into their first COVID-19 wall as Eddie Goldman elects to opt out of the 2020 season. Who are possible replacements?

Best Bears Options as Eddie Goldman's Replacement - SI.com - Considering defensive line was one of the deepest areas on this Bears roster, the reported loss of Eddie Goldman due to a COVID-19 opt out was something the team should be able to absorb.

Former CFL and Vikings Cornerback Waived by Bears - SI.com - Tre Roberson received the biggest contract for an NFL player coming out of the CFL in years when he signed with the Bears.

Report: Eddie Goldman Opts Out of 2020 Bears Season - SI.com - COVID-19 and its aftermath have just dealt the Bears defense a difficult blow to accept.

Bears waive Tre Roberson - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears waived cornerback Tre Roberson with a non-football injury, according to the NFL transactions report.

Bears training camp: Is Eddie Goldman opt-out a sign of things to come? - Chicago Sun-Times - The story is far from over. Operating without a “bubble” has already proven problematic in baseball. The NFL doesn’t figure to be immune from a similar impact.

Bears starting DL Eddie Goldman opts out of 2020 season: report - Chicago Sun-Times - The recently agreed upon provision in the CBA allows any player concerned about getting the coronavirus to skip the season.

Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak sobering, scary for NFL - Chicago Sun-Times - Dressed in Miami blue and black, the Ghost of Coronavirus Yet to Come showed the NFL the worst-case scenario.

Bears put rookie RB on Reserve/COVID-19 list - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have their first coronavirus-related roster move.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Opt out deadline will be August 4, at the earliest - ProFootballTalk - Per multiple sources, the deadline for opting out arrives seven days after the signing for the formal side agreement documenting changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The side letter has to yet been signed. Thus, the deadline for opting out will come no earlier than Tuesday, August 4.

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery placed on active/PUP list - NFL.com - Philadelphia will be without Alshon Jeffery to begin training camp. The Eagles announced Tuesday that the veteran receiver has been placed on the active/PUP list.

NFLPA: 21 players have tested positive for COVID-19 at camps - ProFootballTalk - The NFLPA announced that there have been 21 positive tests in the testing conducted as part of the training camp reporting process. Rookies, injured players and quarterbacks were allowed to start reporting over the last week. Veterans from most teams began reporting to camp on Tuesday.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Tracking the NFL players deciding to opt out of the 2020 season - Pride Of Detroit - These players have decided to skip out on football in 2020.

Michael Pierce to opt out of 2020 season - Daily Norseman - He is in the "high-risk" category of players

Green Bay Packers WR Devin Funchess opts out of the 2020 season - Acme Packing Company - The Packers signed the veteran hoping he’d help an underachieving receiver corps but thanks to COVID-19 that’s now on hold until 2021z

For the sake of their players, the NFL should cancel its season - Acme Packing Company - When weighing wanting football versus needing football, our hearts must give way to science and facts.

Packers place OLB Greg Roberts on reserve/COVID-19 list - Acme Packing Company - The former UDFA will start training camp in quarantine.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears waive cornerback Tre Roberson - Windy City Gridiron - According to the NFL transaction wire, the Chicago Bears have waived cornerback Tre Roberson with a non-football injury designation. The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain is reporting that Roberson...

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears 2020 Position Battles: Will a 3rd QB make the final 53? - Windy City Gridiron - I’ll kick off my eleven-part training camp preview series looking at each position group on the Chicago Bears with the biggest no-brainer on the roster, the quarterbacks.

Householder: How the Bears’ Khalil Mack, Jay Cutler trades stack up to Jamal Adams - Windy City Gridiron - Football Perspective ranked every trade involving two first round picks, including two the Bears have made

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ Eddie Goldman opts out of 2020 season - Windy City Gridiron - Concerns over COVID-19 have the nose tackle making a prudent decision for his health.

Wiltfong: Foles is a tier 3 QB, Trubisky is tier 4 - Windy City Gridiron - The NFL experts have weighed in...

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