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).

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.