Ten days after placing him on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Bears activated nose tackle Eddie Goldman on Friday.
It’s unclear whether Goldman will play in Saturday’s exhibition opener. Coach Matt Nagy said his starters figure to play eight-to-10 snaps against the Dolphins, but Goldman’s lack of practice the past two weeks could leave him on the bench.
Goldman was one of four players — including linebacker Christian Jones, tackle Elijah Wilkinson and snapper Patrick Scales — put on the reserve list Aug. 3.
The timelines of their return suggest all four were unvaccinated. Unvaccinated players who test positive must isolate for 10 days and can only return once they are no longer symptomatic.
NFL rules state unvaccinated players must isolate for five days if they have had a high-risk exposure to a close contact. The other three were activated Aug. 9. Wilkinson and Jones said they were close contacts.
All four players were told they were being put on the list while on the bus heading to “Family Fest.”
The Bears also waived receiver Thomas Ives, who attended Hinsdale Central before playing at Colgate. Ives had been on the practice squad the last two years.