For whatever reason, it seems as though the Chicago Bears are always ambiguous with their injury reports. The final Week 1 injury report came out on Friday, and it might worry a few fans with how many names they see on it.
In total, there were 14 names on the complete injury report. In contrast, the Rams’ latest had just three.
The biggest name on Chicago’s injury report is Khalil Mack, who is listed as questionable with a groin injury. Mack did practice in full on Friday, though, so his status should more realistically be “probable.” However, we have come to expect these shenanigans from the Bears’ coaching staff.
The only player on the report whose status included “non-injury/rest” was veteran tight end Jimmy Graham. He sat out practice on Wednesday, which makes it a little curious as to why he’s still listed on the injury report going into the weekend. Again, the Bears have always handled injury reports in an odd manner.
One particular player is in doubt for the Chicago Bears Week 1 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
The biggest worry on Chicago’s side is starting nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who did not practice on Friday — or Wednesday, or Thursday, for that matter. Goldman has a knee/ankle injury and he is listed as doubtful for Sunday night.
Without Goldman, the Bears will yet again be starting a season lacking their top interior lineman. In his place will likely be rookie seventh rounder Khyiris Tonga, who had a strong showing in the preseason and camp.
If I’m the Bears, I feel good about Tonga starting in Goldman’s place. However, they will want to rotate in a couple of other bodies to ensure he stays fresh because, funny enough, Tonga is also listed on the injury report.
The Bears’ full injury report for Week 1 is listed below:
Other than Goldman, a big concern has to be with the starting safeties. Eddie Jackson practiced all week, but is still listed with a wrist injury. Jackson should be a full “go.” But, Tashaun Gipson was limited on both Thursday and Friday with a back injury.
Just the phrase “back injury” should make Bears fans a little skittish right now, after what happened with rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins.
Still, the hope is that Gipson suits up after practicing in a limited fashion.
Although they are likely without Goldman, the Bears’ biggest concern still has to be at the quarterback position. All eyes will be on veteran Andy Dalton as he braces for his first start with the Bears while rookie Justin Fields watches from the sidelines.
Will Dalton play the entire game? Who knows. The only sure thing is that he trots out there for the first series. Other than that, we could be in for a wild ride on Sunday night.