For the first time this season, Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is not on the injury report, so I think it’s safe to assume that big number 91 will be making his 2021 debut against the Detroit Lions. He was limited on Wednesday but a full participant yesterday and today. The Bears have been solid on their front 7 without him thus far, but there’s no question Chicago’s defense is better with Goldman on it.
It wasn’t all good news on the Bears final injury report before Sunday’s game against the Lions, so here’s how they list it this week.
- ILB - Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Hamstring) Out
- S - Tashaun Gipson Sr. (Hamstring) Doubtful
- OLB - Khalil Mack (Foot) Questionable
- CB - Xavier Crawford (Back) Questionable
- QB - Andy Dalton (Knee)
- WR - Darnell Mooney (Groin) Questionable
The Bears will miss Iggy on special teams, but their third phase has been solid so far this year, so I think they’ll be fine. I’d expect Gipson to miss this week again, which would give Deon Bush his second consecutive start at safety next to Eddie Jackson.
Mack missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and he was just limited today, but we’ve seen him limited on Friday then listed as questionable and it seems he always plays.
Mooney has been limited at practice for a couple weeks now, but he’s been good to go on game day.
Dalton has been limited all week, and most believe he’s still a week away, but the Bears are continuing the gamesmanship of not announcing if he or rookie Justin Fields will be starting. Fields was a full participant all week, so he’s ready.
Speaking of gamesmanship, the Bears are still declining to announce who’ll be calling plays on Sunday.
Here’s how the Lions list their injury report this week.
- OLB - Trey Flowers (Shoulder/Knee) Out
- DE - Michael Brockers (Shoulder) Questionable
- OLB - Romeo Okwara (Shoulder) Questionable
- RB - D’Andre Swift (Groin) Questionable
Flowers is a starter for them, so he’ll be missed, but the three questionable Lions have been on their injury lists all year and have always played come game day.
I elaborate more on the injury list in my latest T Formation Conversation Podcast right here: