Eddie Goldman is an unexcused absence from Bears minicamp

The Bears anticipate Goldman will return for training camp, coach Matt Nagy said.
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears had nearly full attendance at their first practice of mandatory veteran minicamp Tuesday, but one player remained missing.

Veteran nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who opted out of the 2020 season, wasn't present at practice. The Bears were informed by Goldman that he wouldn't be attending, but it wasn't an excused absence, coach Matt Nagy said. That means Goldman could be fined.

The Bears believe Goldman will be present for training camp beginning in late July, Nagy said.

Goldman hasn't publicly addressed his decision to opt out of the 2020 season. Goldman, 27, has played in 67 career games since being drafted by the Bears in 2015.

Bears pass rusher Robert Quinn didn't practice Tuesday while dealing with a lower back issue. Key players such as edge rusher Khalil Mack, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, safety Eddie Jackson and receiver Allen Robinson returned to practice for minicamp after skipping voluntary OTAs recently.

The Bears will complete their offseason program with two more scheduled practices on Wednesday and Thursday at Halas Hall.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.