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.
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.