“The urgency is always on when you lose a game,” Graham said. “It doesn’t matter if you got that first loss in Week 12. I’ve been a part of some teams that have won a lot of games and even that one loss, it’s always a sense of urgency. It is a marathon, but this is the one league where you have to perform quickly.”
Every NFL game he plays is important to Jimmy Graham. But the veteran tight end acknowledged that there’s a heightened sense of urgency following a loss.
The Bears will have the opportunity to rebound from their Week 1 defeat to the Rams Sunday when they open their home schedule by hosting the Bengals.
“Excited to come home,” Graham said, “excited to be back in Chicago with fans, and myself here with fans for the first time to feel this city and get the crowd into it and get our defense rushing off the edge.
Bears offense hopes to build on positives from loss
After playing in an empty Soldier Field last season due to COVID-19 restrictions, Graham is eager to play his first Bears home game in a full stadium.
“That’s what we’re focused on, not pressure, but we understand what’s at hand here and how important this week is to get some momentum and get in the win column.”
Injury update: Nose tackle Eddie Goldman (knee) did not practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday. For the second straight day, rookie left tackle Larry Borom (ankle) did not practice, while veteran left tackle Jason Peters (quad) and outside linebacker Robert Quinn (back) were limited.
Nothing changed: Peters and Borom were both injured in last Sunday night’s 34-14 season-opening loss to the Rams. But that doesn’t mean the offense was limited when third-string left tackle Elijah Wilkinson entered the game.
“I thought Elijah did an excellent job,” said offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. “I can speak I think for the staff to say that Elijah being in the game had zero effect, as far as I can speak, of what we did. I thought he handled himself great. I know he’s played in the past. He was here all offseason. He’s played both left and right [tackle] for us. We have great confidence in Elijah.”