Eddie Goldman returns to practice but Bears perilously thin on both lines

Eddie Goldman returns to practice but Bears perilously thin on both lines

In a week marked by catastrophic negative news – receiver Alshon Jeffery suspended, guard Kyle Long and nose tackle Will Sutton to IR – the Bears ended Friday with nose tackle Eddie Goldman at least practicing, if only on a limited basis and listed as doubtful heading to New York/Jersey and the Giants.

At this point, that will have to pass as “good” news for the Bears.

Because right tackle Bobby Massie remained out of practice and in the concussion protocol since the Tampa Bay game, projecting Mike Adams into the starting lineup. Adams, a 2012 second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, stepped in for Massie against the Buccaneers and now has a week of preparation with the offense.

“It felt good,” Adams said. “I hadn’t played in a regular season game since 2014 [because of a back injury], so it was nice to get in the action and get to be on the field with the guys,” Adams said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity this week. Wishing Bobby well, obviously. He’s one of my brothers. Hope he heals up. But I plan on going in and taking advantage of the opportunity and giving it all I’ve got.”

The Bears guard/center Cornelius Edison and tackle Will Poehls on their practice squad, one expected to be moved onto the main roster now.

Ted Larsen has worked with the No. 1 line in place of Long and will play alongside Adams, who has had spotty moments, in and out of the lineup for Pittsburgh but at 6-7, 323 pounds, possessed of traits that are mandatory for NFL tackles.

“He’s big, he’s long, he’s got really long arm length,” said coach John Fox. “I think he’s smart, he’s adapted to what we’re doing pretty quickly. He stepped in last week against Tampa on not much notice and didn’t stick out. I think in that situation, that’s a good thing.”

Defensive end Mitch Unrein was unable to practice all week because of a back injury after not making the trip to Tampa. He is doubtful, as is cornerback Deiondre Hall (ankle).

NFL Week 11 Power Rankings: We're going to put someone else at #1, just for fun

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NFL Week 11 Power Rankings: We're going to put someone else at #1, just for fun


It's been 10 weeks of LA-based Power Rankings domination. The Rams -- and to a slighly-less amount, the Chargers -- have dominated the top of these here Power Rankings for far too long. 

This week? A new #1 reigns. It's New Orleans' time to shine. 

We didn't forget the Bears, obviously, who sprinted their way straight into the Top 10. 

How'd your team do this week? You can find out right here. 

Cody Parkey could possibly practice kicking at Soldier Field this week

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Cody Parkey could possibly practice kicking at Soldier Field this week

Matt Nagy: It’s possible Cody Parkey could practice at Soldier Field this week

Matt Nagy Monday said it’s possible beleaguered placekicker Cody Parkey could practice at Soldier Field this week after missing two PATs and two field goal attempts in Sunday’s 34-22 win over the Detroit Lions.

Nagy and Parkey both said after Sunday’s game practicing at Soldier Field wasn’t a plan and/or wouldn’t be beneficial. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor indicated the same thought in his weekly press conference last Thursday, too. 

But with a night to sleep on it, Nagy admitted “there’s a possibility” Parkey could do what former Bears kickers like Robbie Gould and Kevin Butler did and practice kicking during the week at Soldier Field. There aren’t any logistical concerns with shuttling Parkey and the field goal battery back and forth from Halas Hall to Soldier Field in traffic, if that decision is made. 

“If that's something that we decide to do then we'll get it done,” Nagy said. 

Nagy re-iterated the Bears will not look at kickers to potentially replace Parkey, which he said on Sunday was not a consideration. 

Nagy on Sunday said Parkey’s woes affected his playcalling for the offense, but said his trust in the kicker with the third-highest guaranteed money figure ($9 million) in the NFL was “not shot.” But while seeing Parkey make kicks during practice or in pregame warmups is good, Nagy will need his kicker to make sure his brutal day against the Detroit Lions doesn’t happen again. 

Perhaps kicking during the week at Soldier Field will be a part of those efforts. 

“As we get going on into the season here, the end of the regular season, these are huge now,” Nagy said. “You've gotta make them. It's just too important. They're too crucial. 

“You go back to a few weeks ago when Mason Crosby missed a few for Green Bay (in a loss to Detroit) and then the next week he ended up kicking the game-winner (against San Francisco). It's just a crazy cycle and it's just a matter of your patience that you have with it and fortunately for us yesterday we did have the lead, but I think in these situations, as long as you're authentic, you're real with each other. But now, he also needs to take the next step of trying to figure out how he can get better and we'll go ahead and do that.”