Second-year nose tackle Eddie Goldman was carted off the field in Monday’s 29-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and any collective air that was left within the crowd at that point was instantly gone.

Goldman is one of the few lone bright spots for a rebuilding Bears team and if he is to miss any kind of extended action, the team is in for even rougher pastures than we saw against the Eagles.

Yes, Jay Cutler was hurt on Monday as well and the quarterback position is the single most important role in all of team sports. But Cutler doesn’t have as much future in this rebuild as the young Goldman does.

Penetration from the middle of a defensive line is increasingly important in today’s NFL game. To be a successful defense, you have to be a disruptive one, causing a quarterback to have problems stepping up in the pocket to make a throw. Without a disruptive interior force, a quarterback can sit back and pick apart even the best of defensive secondaries in the league.

Bears fans will be holding their breath as they await news on Goldman, because any kind of significant absence not only hurts the Bears this season, but slows down Goldman’s progress for the future, too.