Wright, Williams on the mend

September, 20, 2010
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Blessed with relatively good health in the early part of the season, the Chicago Bears suffered two keys injuries in their Week 2 victory over Dallas.

Starting left tackle Chris Williams (right leg) and rookie safety Major Wright (left leg) suffered hamstring injuries, according to Bears head coach Lovie Smith.

"We're evaluating them now," Smith said Monday. "Hopefully they'll make progress each day as we go along. It's the first time Chris has pulled a muscle. We're just hoping, in general, that guys will come back before long."

"I'll be fine," Williams said in the postgame locker room Sunday.

Once Williams left the game, the Bears eventually settled on the tackle combination of Frank Omiyale (left) and Kevin Shaffer (right). That duo could be called upon to start next Monday against Green Bay if Williams is out.

"I haven't heard anything yet," Omiyale said about this week's practice plan. "I would think they would try to mix up it [regarding which tackle spot I play], so everybody gets a good work in everywhere."

Meantime, this marks the third setback for Wright since the Bears drafted him in the third-round in April. The rookie suffered a groin injury early in camp before fracturing his left index finger in the preseason opener in San Diego, which required surgery and forced the safety to miss the final three preseason contests.

"He hasn't been injury prone or anything like that," Smith said. "Guys pull muscles, running hard trying to stop a touchdown. I can't say those other injuries should be something everlasting for him."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.

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