Bears gain reinforcements on defensive line as Eddie Goldman, Mario Edwards Jr. return

Goldman missed the first two games of the season with a knee injury.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears are getting reinforcements on their defensive line.

Nose tackle Eddie Goldman (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, officially being listed as a limited participant in the Bears’ work at Halas Hall. It was a step toward playing Sunday after Goldman missed the first two games of the season with a knee injury.

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Goldman, who opted out of the 2020 season, suffered the knee injury in early September in practice. He also dealt with a back issue during training camp.

The Bears are also getting a boost with the return of defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr., who has been activated after serving his two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

“I’ve been ready,” Edwards said. “I’ve been ready. I’ve been doing what I need to do to stay ready. I’m excited to be out there.”

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was held out of practice Wednesday due to an illness. He missed multiple practices in 2020 as a precaution due to allergies.

As expected, Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (left knee) didn't practice Wednesday. He's considered week-to-week for a return, coach Matt Nagy said, and rookie quarterback Justin Fields will start Sunday.

The Bears also listed safety Tashaun Gipson (hamstring) and receiver Darnell Mooney (groin) as limited in practice. Tight end Jimmy Graham had a veteran's rest day.

Kickoff between the Bears (1-1) and Browns (1-1) comes at noon CT Sunday from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

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