Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman missed practice on Tuesday and has been placed in the league’s concussion protocol, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Goldman was bit by the injury bug in Week 2 of last season when he tweaked his ankle in a pile-up against the Philadelphia Eagles. After missing six games, he returned in Week 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but struggled to find any consistency. He was absent for Week 11, played in three games, then was shut down for the team’s Green Bay Packers clash in Week 15. The Bears then placed him on injured reserve to close out the season.
Goldman was selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida State. He earned immediate playing time as a rookie, starting 12 of his 15 games en route to recording 22 total tackles and 4.5 sacks. He has accrued 40 total tackles and 7.5 sacks through his first two seasons in the league.
Despite having linebackers Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman and a potential stud off the edge in Leonard Floyd, the Bears front seven isn’t garnering much praise. Pro Football Focus ranked Chicago’s as the No. 28 unit entering the season despite Freeman grading out as the top-rated linebacker in 2016-17. Chicago didn’t add any pieces to the front-seven mix in the most recent NFL Draft either.
The Bears are 2-1 in the preseason with back-to-back win over the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans, respectively. Chicago plays its final exhibition game on Thursday against the Cleveland Browns before the start of the regular season, which will take place on September 10 against the Atlanta Falcons.