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Injury Update: Goldman out for season opener


Nose tackle Eddie Goldman missed practice for the third straight day Friday and was downgraded to out after originally being listed as doubtful for Sunday night's season opener against the Rams.

The 6-3, 325-pounder, who rejoined the Bears for training camp after opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, hurt his knee in practice Monday. He was downgraded Saturday and did not travel with the team to Los Angeles.

The only nose tackle listed on the Bears' depth chart behind Goldman is rookie Khyiris Tonga, a physical seventh-round draft pick from BYU who has impressed coaches since the pads came on in training camp.

"First of all, he's a great kid," Nagy said. "He's just a hard worker and tough as nails, so you love that about him. He's done everything we've asked. He's created a lot of depth for us and he's very coachable, and I think coach [Chris] Rumph has done a great job of really early on here developing him."

Another player who could help fill the void is veteran end Bilal Nichols, who contributed at nose tackle last season when Goldman was sitting out. The 2018 fifth-round pick from Delaware established career highs last year with 16 starts, 40 tackles, 5.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles-for-loss while also generating his first career interception against Sunday night's opponent, quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Nichols said Friday that he'd do whatever he's asked to help the Bears win.

"If that's going in there and playing inside, then I've got to do what I've got to do," Nichols said. "To me, it really doesn't matter, as long as I'm out there giving everything I've got to give us a chance to win."

Nichols discussed the differences between lining up inside at nose tackle versus outside at end in a five-technique position.

"The good thing about playing on the D-line here is that all of us train for all positions," he said. "Just in case anything ever happens, we have versatility.

"As far as playing the five tech versus the nose, as a five tech you have a little more space out there on the outside. You have a little bit more room to work with … when you're inside at the nose, everything happens a little bit faster. You've got guys on you a little bit faster, so you've got to be really precise in how you shoot your hands, your targeting, the way your feet move. Your feet can't be slow. Sometimes at five technique you can make up for bad steps because you have a little more time. But when you're down there at nose, you have to be a lot more precise."

Just as veteran Akiem Hicks took Nichols under his wing a few years ago, Nichols has welcomed the opportunity to mentor Tonga.

"One thing I noticed about Tonga early is that he doesn't act like a rookie," Nichols said. "Very mature guy. You wouldn't think that he was a rookie. You would think that he's been in the league for a couple years the way he carries himself.

"Another thing I noticed about him is he works hard. He wants to be great. He comes in every day with the intent to get better and better, always asking questions, always looking for a way to get better. Player to player, you respect that. Those are the type of guys you love to go to war with because you know he's going to give it everything he's got."

In other injury news, outside linebackers Khalil Mack (groin) and Robert Quinn (back), receiver Darnell Mooney (back) and inside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (shoulder) all practiced in full Friday after being limited Thursday and were listed as questionable.

Four other Bears are questionable: Safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. (back) was limited in practice for the second straight day, while safeties Eddie Jackson (wrist) and Deon Bush (shoulder) and long-snapper Patrick Scales (ankle) practiced without limitations all week.

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Started in nine of 16 games as a rookie in 2020, finishing as Chicago's second-leading receiver with 61 catches, 631 yards and four TDs
His 61 receptions as a rookie were second most all-time by a Bears rookie, only behind Matt Forte (63, 2008), and the most ever by a Bears rookie wide receiver
His 61 receptions are tied for fourth most ever by an NFL rookie drafted in the fifth round or later, and the most since Tyreek Hill also had 61 in 2016
Selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft (173rd overall) by the Bears
Recorded his first-career rushing touchdown on a 15-yard run with 14:17 to go in the fourth quarter at the Steelers in Week 9 of the 2021 season. He also hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from QB Justin Fields with 1:46 to go in the fourth quarter
With both a rushing and receiving touchdown to finish out Week 9, Mooney became Chicago's second receiver to log a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown in the same regular-season game (dating back to 1970), joining Michael Timpson's Nov. 26, 1995 performance vs. the New York Giants in a 27-24 victory
Mooney's rushing touchdown in Week 9 of the 2021 season makes him Chicago's fifth wideout since 1960 to score a rushing touchdown. It was the 11th rushing touchdown scored in franchise history by a receiver, joining Dennis Gentry (5), Johnny Morris (3), Dennis McKinnon (1) and Michael Timpson (1)
Mooney added to both the scoring column and the record books early vs. the Giants Week 17, starting his day with a three-yard reception from Dalton that tied him with Tarik Cohen’s 124 receptions in the first two years of a career. The second year wideout broke the record five plays later with a four-yard touchdown catch to put Chicago in front 14-0. The touchdown marked Mooney’s fourth of the season and the eighth of his career. 


2020: Brian Piccolo rookie award winner 

2021 SEASON (Bears):

Played in all 17 games with 14 starts
Finished the season with a team-high 1,055 receiving yards (13.0 avg.) and four receiving touchdowns
With seven receptions in the Week 17 game vs. the Giants, Mooney broke the Bears record of the most catches by a receiver in their first two seasons
Led the team in receptions and in receiving yards (66 yards) in the Week 2 win over the Bengals
Led the team in receiving yards with 125 yards and hauled in a career-long 64-yard reception to open Chicago's second drive in the Bears Week 4 win over the Lions
He also recorded his first career game with 100+ receiving yards during this matchup
Led the team in receiving yards with 45 yards and recorded his first touchdown of the season, a five-yard reception from Fields with 8:44 to go in the fourth quarter vs. the Packers in Week 6
Recorded a team-high 64 receiving yards vs. the 49ers in Week 8
Recorded his first career rushing touchdown on a 15-yard run with 14:17 to go in the fourth quarter Week 9 at the Steelers. He also recorded his sixth career receiving touchdown, hauling in a 16-yard pass from QB Justin Fields to put the Bears ahead 27-26 with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter
Dating back to 1970, Mooney became Chicago's second wide receiver to log a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the same regular-season game, joining Michael Timpson's Nov. 26, 1995 performance vs. the New York Giants in a 27-24 victory
Caught a 60-yard TD pass from QB Andy Dalton with 8:02 to go in the third quarter vs. the Ravens. His 60-yard reception is the second-longest of his career (64, vs. DET, 10/3/21); Mooney finished the Week 11 contest with 121 receiving yards, his second career 100-yard outing
Surpassed the century mark in receiving yards for the third time this season in Week 12, hauling in five catches for 123 yards; his 52-yard reception from Dalton late in the second quarter (5:21), marked his fifth straight game with a reception of 20+ yards
Started and caught five passes for 63 yards (12.6 avg.) Week 15 vs. the Vikings
Hauled in five passes for 57 yards in the Week 16 win at Seattle
Hauled in a season-high seven receptions, including a four yard touchdown pass from QB Andy Dalton to put Chicago ahead 14-0 in the first quarter vs. the Giants
Surpassed 1,000 receiving yards on the season and recorded a team-high 126 receiving yards in Week 18 at Minnesota, marking his fourth 100+ yard game of the season

2020 SEASON (Bears)

Had multiple catches in every game this season; had 61 total catches on the season, which finished fifth among NFL rookie WR leaders
With his four receptions in Week 15, he broke the record for most receptions by a Bears rookie wide receiver (Harlon Hill, 45 receptions, 1954)
His 631 receiving yards were most in a season by a Bears rookie since Willie Gault had 836 in 1983
Had a team season-high 11 receptions in Week 17. 11 receptions are the most by a Bears rookie ever in a game, breaking the previous mark of Ken Margerum (10, 1981).
Caught TDs in consecutive Weeks (14-15); a 12-yard TD in Week 14 and a 8-yard TD in Week 15
Hauled in a 12-yard touchdown in Week 14 vs. Houston
Averaged 13.3 yards per catch with 40 yards on three receptions in Week 7 at the Rams
Posted a 50-yard reception vs. the Saints in Week 8; with 5 catches for 69 yards and a touchdown
Posted five catches for 52 yards (10.4 avg) in Week 4 vs. the Colts
Caught three passes for 38 yards (12.7 avg) in his rookie debut in Week 1 at the Lions
Caught another three passes for 36 yards in the Week 2 win over the Giants, including a 15-yard touchdown from Mitchell Trubisky in the second quarter
Darnell Mooney

Three-time Pro Bowler (2013, 2014, 2022); has appeared in 158 NFL games (135 starts), tallying 101.0 sacks, 107 tackles-for-loss, 188 QBHs and 31 forced fumbles
2013 PWFA Defensive Player of the Year when he finished second in the NFL with a then Rams franchise-record 19.0 sacks while recording 11 tackles-for-loss, 34 pressures and seven forced fumbles
Originally entered the NFL as a first-round pick (14th overall) by the St. Louis Rams out of the University of North Carolina in the 2011 NFL Draft
Has been ranked among the NFL’s Top 100 players twice (2014, 2015)
During the 2021 season, Quinn was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in November after registering 5.5 sacks, 14 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles across three contests. Quinn also recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks during the Bears Nov. 21 matchup vs. the Ravens
Surpassed 100 career sacks in the Bears Week 17 win vs. the Giants, making him the sixth active player in the NFL to record 100 career sacks
Quinn also became the Bears all-time single-season sack leader after logging his 18th sack of the 2021 season in the fourth quarter vs. NY


2021: Pro Bowl Selection, Jeff Dickerson Media Good Guy Award Recipient, NFC Defensive Player of the Month (November), PFWA All-NFC Team, Bears' MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, AP All-Pro (second team)*
2014:* Pro Bowl Selection*
2013:* Pro Bowl Selection, PWFA Defensive Player of the Year

2021 SEASON (Bears):

Started and played in all but one game
2022 Pro Bowl selection and named to the PFWA All-NFC Team and AP All-Pro (second team)
Became the Bears all-time single-season sacks leader with 18.5 on the season and finished first in the NFC and second in the NFL, trailing only T.J. Watt's 22.5 sacks
His 17 TFL's on the season tied him for sixth in the league
Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in November after registering 5.5 sacks, 14 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles across three contests; his 5.5 sacks include his career-high 3.5 sack performance vs. the Ravens on Nov. 21
In the Week 2 win vs. the Bengals he led the team in sacks with 2.0, one of which he dropped QB Joe Burrow for eight yards
Recorded 1.5 sacks and two QBH in Week 3 at the Browns
He also logged a season-high five solo tackles, 1.0 sack, one TFL, two QBH, and one FF in the Week 4 victory over the Lions
Recorded three solo tackles in the Week 5 victory at the Raiders
Registered four tackles, including two TFL, and 1.0 sack on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, dropping him seven yards in Week 6
Dropped Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger five yards in the first quarter in Week 9
Led Chicago's defense in Week 11 vs. the Ravens with a career-high 3.5 sacks; this marked the sixth game of his career with 3.0+ sacks; he also recorded five tackles and four QBHs and one FF
Recorded his 11th sack of the season, dropping Lions quarterback Jared Goff for a loss of eight yards in the Week 12
Logged two TFL for minus-9 yards Week 13 vs. the Cardinals
Got to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice during the Week 14 contest, dropping him for minus-20 yards
Sacked an opposing quarterback for the sixth consecutive game in Week 15 vs. the Vikings, dropping QB Kirk Cousins for a loss of seven yards with 14:14 to go in the second quarter and once more with 1:21 to go in the half
Quinn also recorded a TFL, a QBH and a FF during the Week 15 contest
Logged two QBH and sacked Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, dropping him for a loss of 13 yards in the Week 16 win at Seattle
Surpassed the Bears all-time single-season sack record after recording his 18th sack this season Week 17 vs. the Giants and surpassed 100 career sacks
Quinn's Week 18 sack on Vikings QB Kirk Cousins marked his ninth consecutive game where he has sacked an opposing quarterback

2020 SEASON (Bears)

Played in all 16 games with 13 starts; inactive for Week 1; received his first start of the season in Week 4 vs. the Colts
Saw his first action in Week 2 vs. the NYG, recording a strip-sack on Daniel Jones on his first play; also added three total tackles and an additional forced fumble
Recorded a strip-sack on Kirk Cousins in the Week 15 win at Minnesota
Recovered a fumble in the Week 5 win vs. Tampa Bay
Season-high four tackles in Week 12 at Green Bay; had two tackles and two QBH in the re-match with the Packers in Week 17
Forced a fumble that led to an Eddie Jackson scoop-and-score touchdown in Week 7 at the Rams

2019 SEASON (Cowboys):

Started 14 games for the Cowboys and wrapped up 11.5 sacks (for minus-86 yards) while adding a team-high 22 QBH and 13 TFL
Recorded his fourth season with double-digit sacks and his highest sack total since the 2013 campaign when he tallied a career-high 19.0
Recorded a team-high 22 QBH and 13 TFL
Recorded 2.0 sacks at New Orleans and again at the Jets
Generated pressure on 14.0 percent of pass rushes last season, second highest in the NFL behind Green Bay’s Za’Darius Smith (14.6 percent), according to Next Gen Stats

2018 SEASON (Dolphins):

In his lone season with the Dolphins, started all 16 games for the third time in his career and the first since 2014; tallied 38 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 15 pressures, four tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles
Made his Dolphins debut against Tennessee with four tackles
Logged his first sack of the season at the N.Y. Jets
Had a season-high 1.5 sacks at Green Bay before posting four straight games with a sack Weeks 13-16

2017 SEASON (Los Angeles Rams):

In his final season with the Rams, notched 34 tackles, 8.5 sacks, four tackles for loss, 12 hurries, one breakup and two forced fumbles, starting 14 of the 15 games he played
Had a sack in the opener against Indianapolis
Notched a season-high five tackles along with a sack against New Orleans to start a streak of four games with at least one sack
Notched 2.0 sacks in games at Arizona and at Seattle
Made his post season debut in the Rams Wild Card game against Atlanta and logged three tackles, a sack, one tackle for loss and a pressure

2016 SEASON (Los Angeles Rams):

Was limited to starts in eight-of-nine games played after suffering a shoulder injury mid-season and a concussion near the end of the season
Tallied 10 tackles, 4.0 sacks, six hurries, two breakups and two forced fumbles
Had sacks in back-to-back games twice - Weeks 2-3 and 11-12
Missed the final five games with a concussion

2015 SEASON (St. Louis Rams):

Had 5.0 sacks, 21 tackles, seven hurries, three breakups, two tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in eight games (seven starts) before landing on Reserve/Injured (back) for the final three games of the season
Missed the final eight games with a combination of hip and back injuries
Opened the season with a pair of sacks against Seattle and logged sacks in games against Pittsburgh, at Green Bay and against San Francisco

2014 SEASON (St. Louis Rams):

Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season and notched 46 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 20 pressures, seven tackles for losses, six breakups and five forced fumbles
Opened the season with a tackle behind the line of scrimmage in five straight games
Had three straight weeks with six tackles (Weeks 6-8) and four straight games with at least one sack (Weeks 7-10), including a two-sack game at Kansas City
Had a season-high 3.0 sacks against Oakland, followed by 1.5 at Washington

2013 SEASON (St. Louis Rams):

Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and tallied 57 tackles, career-bests with 19.0 sacks - second in the league and a franchise record - 11 tackles for loss and 34 pressures
Tied his single-game high with 3.0 sacks in the opener against Arizona
Added another sack against San Francisco before notching 5.0 sacks in three games, including a three-sack day against Seattle; also had a career-best five pressures against the Seahawks
Had back-to-back games with sacks with 2.0 at Indianapolis and one against Chicago before closing the season out with sacks in the final three games - 2.0 against New Orleans, 3.0 against Tampa Bay and one at Seattle

2012 SEASON (St. Louis Rams):

In his second NFL season, played in all 16 games with 14 starts and notched 10.5 sacks and was second on the defense with 25 pressures along with 40 tackles
Teamed with Chris Long to become the first Rams defenders to record double-digit sack numbers since 2000
Had a single-game best with 3.0 sacks against Arizona
Notched his second career multi-sack game, finishing with 1.5 at San Francisco

2011 SEASON (St. Louis Rams):

Drafted in the first round (14th overall) by St. Louis and finished with 20 tackles and 5.0 sacks
Made his NFL debut at the N.Y. Giants and had his first career sack
Had sacks in consecutive games two times
Made his first NFL start - against Cincinnati and logged his third blocked punt of the season


2021: AP All-Pro (second team), Pro Bowl, NFC Defensive Player of the Month (November)
2014: Pro Bowl
2013: Pro Bowl
Robert Quinn

Two-time Pro Bowl selection (2018, 2019)
Has started all 76 games in which he has played in his career, missing just two games in 2018
Has six defensive touchdowns in his career, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2017; the first two came in the same game vs. CAR (10/22/17), a 75-yard fumble return and a 76-yard interception return; his third score was a 65-yard fumble return at BUF (11/4/18); fourth was a 27-yard interception return vs. MIN (11/18/18); the fifth was the very next week, a 41-yard interception return at DET on Thanksgiving (11/22/18); the sixth was an 8-yard fumble return at the LAR (10/26/20)
Owns 31 passes defensed, six fumble recoveries (three returned for TDs), 10 interceptions (three returned for TDs) and eight FF
His 76-yard INT and 75-yard fumble recovery for touchdowns vs. CAR (10/22/17) made him the first player in NFL history to return both a fumble recovery and interceptions 75+ yard touchdowns in the same game; also made him the first rookie in NFL history with multiple 75+ yard defensive touchdowns in the same game
Since 1970, he is the only other player with 3+ defensive touchdowns of 65+ yards in a 2-season span is Deion Sanders (3 in 1994)


2019: Pro Bowl Selection; ranked No. 30 on NFL's Top 100
2018: Pro Bowl, AP All-Pro, Sporting News All-Pro, PFWA All-NFL, NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 12 at DET), NFC Defensive Player of the Month (November)
2017: NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 7 vs. CAR)

2021 SEASON (Bears):

Started in 14 games, recording 76 tackles, four TFLs, two PDs and one FF
Recorded his eighth career forced fumble in the Week 2 home-opener win over the Bengals
Notched six tackles (four solo) in Week 3 vs. the Browns
Recorded eight tackles (six solo) in Week 6 vs. the Packers
Logged a season-high 11 total tackles vs. the Buccaneers, which also matches his career high (11/3/19, at PHI); he also surpassed 300 career tackles in the third quarter
Returned from an injury and recorded three tackles in the Week 12 win at the Lions
Logged five tackles and one TFL Week 13 vs. the Cardinals
Tied LB Roquan Smith and CB Artie Burns with a team-high nine tackles (seven solo) Week 14 at the Packers and recorded his first PD of the season
Contributed six solo tackles to the Bears Week 16 win at Seattle
Notched eight tackles and one TFL in the Week 17 win vs. the Giants

2020 SEASON (Bears):

Started all 16 games, recording 82 tackles, one TFL, three FF and five PD
Recorded a scoop-and-score touchdown on an 8-yard fumble return in Week 7 at the Rams, the sixth touchdown of his career and the third FR for touchdown; also had a season-high nine tackles
Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in the Week 1 win at Detroit; deflected a Matthew Stafford pass late in the fourth quarter that led to a Kyle Fuller interception, setting up Chicago's game-winning drive in the final minute
Eight tackles (seven solo) in the win over the Giants in Week 2; had a pick-6 called back due to penalty
Forced a fumble in the Week 6 win at the Panthers; had another pick-6 called back due to penalty
Tailled seven tackles and forced a fumble in Week 10 vs. Minnesota
Recorded six solo tackles in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints

2019 SEASON (Bears):

Pro Bowl selection for the second straight yea
Started all 16 games, recording 60 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one sack and five TFLs
Tied his career-high with 10 tackles at Denver (9/15) before besting that with 11 tackles at PHI (11/3
Recorded game-clinching interceptions in Week 13 at Detroit and in Week 17 at Minnesota

2018 SEASON (Bears):

Selected to his first Pro Bowl and named to the Associated Press All-Pro team after finishing fourth in the NFL with six interceptions
Started 14 games (inactive Games 15-16), recording 51 tackles, 14 pass defenses, six interceptions (two returned for a TD), one sack, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery (returned for a TD)
5-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown at BUF was his second career fumble recovery for a touchdown
Recorded first career sack vs. Seattle (9/17)
Active, but did not play in Wild Card playoff game vs. Philadelphia (1/6/19)

2017 SEASON (Bears):

Started all 16 games as a rookie, recording 70 tackles, 6 pass defenses, 3 fumble recoveries (1 returned for TD), 2 interceptions (1 returned for TD), 1 FF and 1 TFL
Jackson's 76-yard INT and 75-yard fumble recovery for touchdowns vs. CAR (10/22) made him the first player in NFL history to return both a fumble recovery and an INT 75+ yard TDs in the same game; also made him the first rookie in NFL history with multiple 75+ yard defensive touchdowns in the same game
His 75-yard fumble recovery was 3rd-longest in Bears history
Week 7 performance earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week Honors
Recorded multiple tackles in 13 of 16 games
Eddie Jackson

Has appeared in 88 contests as a long snapper for the Ravens (2014) and Bears (2015-21) during the regular seasons, recording four special teams tackles in 2021; also has played in four postseason games, two with the Ravens in 2014 and two with the Bears (2018, 2020)
Spent the 2017 season on Injured Reserve after suffering a knee injury in the preseason
Appeared in five contests in 2015 (games 12-16) as the Bears long snapper after spending the preseason with Baltimore
In 2014 he appeared in two contests for Baltimore handling the long snapping duties; made NFL debut on Dec. 21 at Houston
Signed by Miami during the 2013 offseason but was released prior to training camp
Spent a majority of the 2012 offseason and training camp with Baltimore but was released prior to the start of the regular season
Entered the NFL with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State. Spent training camp with the team but was released prior to the start of the regular season
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