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Injury Update: Goldman expected to return to action

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Nose tackle Eddie Goldman was not given an injury designation Friday and is expected to play in his first regular-season game since December 2019. After opting out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 concerns, the 6-3, 325-pounder sat out the first three contests this year with a knee injury he sustained in practice on Labor Day.

Still limited in Wednesday's workout, Goldman was a full participant in practice Thursday and Friday.

"I give him credit for really getting to this point right now," said coach Matt Nagy. "It's unlucky what happened early on there in that first week, but that's a part of life."

Asked what he expects from Goldman against the Lions, Nagy said: "I think we're going to see a player who's going to come out and give it his all. I don't like to put stat lines or anything like that on the guy, but I know this: He had a really, really good week of practice and now probably more than anything is his conditioning and just getting used to that game condition. I know he holds himself to play well and puts a lot of accountability on himself to help out, so he's going to be anxious to get out there."

In other injury news, Bears inside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday's game and safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. (hamstring) is doubtful.

Outside linebacker Khalil Mack (foot), receiver Darnell Mooney (groin) and cornerback Xavier Crawford (back) were all listed as questionable after being limited in practice Friday. Tight end Jesse James returned to practice Friday after missing the previous two days due to a personal reason.

In terms of the quarterback situation, veteran Andy Dalton (knee) was downgraded to doubtful on Saturday after originally being listed as questionable and being limited in practice all week, while rookie Justin Fields (right thumb) was not assigned an injury designation after practicing in full all week and will start against the Lions.

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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. 


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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
GroinQuestionable

For the Lions, outside linebacker Trey Flowers (shoulder/knee) has been ruled out, while running back D'Andre Swift (groin), defensive end Michael Brockers (shoulder) and outside linebacker Romeo Okwara (shoulder) are questionable after being limited in practice.

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