Print and Go Back ESPN.com: NFC North [Print without images]

Friday, August 8, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Tough decisions for the Bears

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

The Chicago Bears weren't ready to pull the plug on rookie left tackle Chris Williams after doctors repaired a herniated disc in his back Thursday, but they seemed more hopeful than confident.

Williams, who also had back trouble during his college career at Vanderbilt, hasn't practiced since the Bears' first day of training camp, a development that stalled the team's plans to revamp its offensive line. While it's possible doctors could clear Williams to play at some point during the season, the Bears will have to decide if it's worth carrying him on their active roster until that point -- and if he would be well-suited by returning after missing essentially all of training camp and probably a good portion of the regular season as well.

"We have to wait and see probably for a few weeks and see how the rehab is," general manager Jerry Angelo said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In the meantime, the Bears have some tough decisions to make along the offensive line. Veteran John St. Clair has been filling in for Williams, but the Sun-Times reported the team could ultimately move right tackle John Tait back to the left side and signing veteran Fred Miller to play right tackle. In that scenario, St. Clair would compete for the starting left guard job.

Those are not the kind of decisions the Bears wanted to be making during the first week of the preseason.

Around the division after a bit of a late start for us Friday morning. (Call it a Favreover).