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).