10 plays that shaped the season: No. 9

January, 16, 2014
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WHEN: Oct. 10, 2013

WHERE: A 27-21 victory over the New York Giants at Soldier Field

THE PLAY: Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is stuffed for a 1-yard loss by Shea McClellin with 4:00 remaining in the third quarter, but middle linebacker D.J. Williams is injured on the play.

WHAT THEY SAID: Bears coach Marc Trestman: “The big question will be D.J. Williams. He had a [pectoral] injury and those are always dangerous. We'll know a lot more in the next 24 hours. We know a lot, but I don't know enough to be able to give you the information. But we’ll know enough in the next 24 hours, but it’s a pec and those are always dangerous. When we get all the information, we’ll give it to you. “There’s certainly a chance [Williams tore a pectoral muscle]. We don’t have all the information and that’s why I’m saying. When they say [pectoral], it can be very severe and it can be a season-ending injury. But we don’t know that right now. We’re in the process of continuing to gather more information.”

IMPACT OF THE PLAY: With the Bears playing their second game in five days, Williams suffered a season-ending ruptured left pectoral tendon. Williams became the club’s third starter to go down with a season-ending injury in a span of 15 days. The Bears lost franchise defensive tackle Henry Melton, and his replacement Nate Collins just prior to the Williams injury. The club was already playing that game without cornerback Charles Tillman (groin and knee), and nose tackle Stephen Paea (turf toe). Prior to losing Williams, the Bears ranked No. 13 against the run, surrendering 98.2 yards per game. The injury thrust rookie Jonathan Bostic into the starting lineup, but that transition came at a time when Williams seemed to be finally coming into this own. Remember, Williams missed pretty much all of training camp and the preseason due to a strained calf. The club has expressed an interest in bringing Williams back for 2014, and if that happens the Bears could move Bostic to one of the outside linebacker spots.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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