Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman (91) stands on the sidelines in the second half against the New York Giants at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports

Bears NT Eddie Goldman out of opener vs. Rams

The Chicago Bears ruled out nose tackle Eddie Goldman from Sunday’s season opener against the host Los Angeles Rams with knee and ankle injuries.

Goldman, 27, will have to wait at least another week for his return to the field after he opted out of the 2020 season. He played in and started all but two games from 2017-19.

According to head coach Matt Nagy, Goldman tweaked his knee in practice on Monday.

A second-round pick by the Bears in 2015 out of Florida State, Goldman has 12.5 career sacks and 153 tackles in 67 games (63 starts) all with Chicago.

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman (91) stands on the sidelines in the second half against the New York Giants at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports

Bears activate DT Eddie Goldman from COVID-19 list

The Chicago Bears activated defensive tackle Eddie Goldman from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

Goldman, who opted out of the 2020 season due to the pandemic, was placed on the list on Aug. 3.

Goldman, 27, has started 63 of his 67 games since Chicago selected him in the second round of the NFL draft in 2015. He has 153 tackles (17 for losses), 20 quarterback hits, 12 1/2 sacks and two fumble recoveries.

In a corresponding transaction, Chicago waived wide receiver Thomas Ives. Undrafted in 2019, he spent the past two seasons on the Bears’ practice squad.

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Jul 29, 2021; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) catches the ball during a Chicago Bears training camp session at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Bears’ Matt Nagy: Teams will have interest in Nick Foles

Not many Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks are third-stringers on NFL rosters. But that’s where QB Nick Foles happens to be on the Chicago Bears’ depth chart.

However, the 10-year veteran might not stay there for long, considering how much teams always seem to need a quarterback. One of those teams might be the Indianapolis Colts, whose starter — Carson Wentz — is out indefinitely after suffering a foot injury on Thursday at practice.

Bears coach Matt Nagy is someone who appreciates Foles’ value and wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts — or any other team — come calling for Foles.

“… You’re talking about a Super Bowl MVP and a guy that’s started a lot of games,” Nagy told reporters before practice on Saturday. “He’s had a really interesting career in so many ways that I just think that he deserves that.”

Nagy added that he and Foles have not talked about a potential trade since training camp started.

“I don’t talk to him about that; he doesn’t talk to me about it,” Nagy said. “We just don’t go there because, again, that’s out of our control. He’s worrying about doing everything he can to just be great for us, and that’s what I like about our relationship. He’s happy with where he’s at here and he’s in a good place.”

That place is currently behind starter Andy Dalton and first-round pick Justin Fields. In nine games — seven starts — for the Bears last season, Foles passed for 1,852 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions while splitting snaps with Mitchell Trubisky, who signed with the Buffalo Bills in the offseason.

The MVP of Super Bowl LII, Foles has played for five NFL teams, including two stints with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has played 67 regular-season games and has gone 28-27 in 55 starts.

Foles, 32, also appears to be reasonably affordable. His salary-cap charge for 2021 is $6.7 million.

Nagy values Foles’ experience and ability but knows snaps might be hard to find. The coach also respects Foles for how he has dealt with a challenging first week of training camp.

“I would say probably 95% of people in Nick’s situation would handle it completely opposite of the way he’s handled it, from the time that I brought him in and told him that he was going be the third-string quarterback,” Nagy said. “And I have to give so much credit to him because he accepted it. He understood it.”

The Colts signed veteran QB Brett Hundley on Saturday. But it remains to be seen if Foles will still be with the Bears before the 2021 NFL season kicks off.

–Field Level Media

Jun 9, 2021; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy walks on the field during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Nagy: No chance Justin Fields starts for Bears Week 1

Coach Matt Nagy stood firm on the Chicago Bears’ decision to deem Andy Dalton as the team’s Week 1 starting quarterback over rookie Justin Fields in an interview Tuesday on The Cris Collinsworth Podcast.

Collinsworth asked Nagy if there was “a possible scenario” where Fields plays in the Bears’ season opener, Sept. 12 at the Los Angeles Rams on “Sunday Night Football.”

“No,” Nagy said. “I mean, Andy is our starter. And again, I can’t predict anything. You know how it goes: There’s so many things that can happen between today and that Week 1. But that’s — Andy is our starter and Justin’s our No. 2 and we are gonna stick to this plan.”

The Bears moved up nine spots in the first round of April’s NFL draft to select Fields out of Ohio State at No. 11 overall. They sent the New York Giants their first-round pick (No. 20), their fifth-rounder (No. 164) and their 2022 first- and fourth-rounders to make the move.

Fields was the fourth quarterback taken in the draft, falling just behind Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars), Zach Wilson (New York Jets) and Trey Lance (San Francisco 49ers).

But Chicago does not appear to be in a rush to play Fields.

The Bears signed Dalton to a one-year, $10 million deal in free agency, and general manager Ryan Pace told reporters in early April that Dalton would be their starter. That was four weeks before they traded up to pick Fields. Nick Foles also remains on the roster.

Dalton played significant snaps for the Dallas Cowboys last year once Dak Prescott went down for the year with a broken ankle. He started nine games and finished the year with 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Nagy spent time on his podcast appearance describing how happy the coaching staff and front office were to pull off the trade to land Fields. But he reiterated that Dalton was always going to be the No. 1 to start 2021.

“For us, we put together this plan, and the plan is that Andy is the starter,” Nagy said. “Andy’s played 10 great years in this league … and had a lot of success. And we’re excited to be able to have him come in here and do what we think he can do, but yet also teach Justin how to play quarterback — all of us together — and insulate him so he can maximize his strengths.”

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Jun 9, 2021; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) passes the ball during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bears QB Justin Fields inks $18.8M rookie deal

The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with first-round pick Justin Fields on a fully guaranteed four-year, $18.9 million contract that includes an $11.1 million signing bonus for the quarterback, NFL Network reported Thursday.

The Bears traded up nine spots with the New York Giants to grab Fields with the 11th overall pick out of Ohio State in the 2021 NFL Draft. He was the fourth quarterback selected.

Fields completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 2,100 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions in eight games for the Buckeyes in 2020. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2019 after passing for 3,273 yards with 41 TDs and three picks, adding 484 yards and 10 scores on the ground.

With the Buckeyes, he had a 20-2 record and led the team to back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances.

The rookie is competing with veteran Andy Dalton for the starting job. Dalton joined the Bears in free agency after starting nine games last season with the Dallas Cowboys. Chicago also has former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles on the QB depth chart.

–Field Level Media

Aug 20, 2020; Ashburn, Virginia, USA; Washington Football Team offensive tackle Morgan Moses (76) walks to the field prior to day twenty-three of training camp at Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Virginia. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: OT Morgan Moses visiting Bears on Wednesday

Free agent offensive tackle Morgan Moses will visit the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, ESPN reported.

The Washington Football Team released the 30-year-old veteran last month after signing former Bears left tackle Charles Leno and picking tackle Samuel Cosmi of Texas in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Moses is primarily a right tackle.

He started every game for Washington over the past six seasons. He played in eight games (one start) as a rookie after he was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Virginia.

Moses reportedly visited with the New York Jets last week.

–Field Level Media