Just as the Bears had established some continuity on the offensive line, an injury to OLG Chris Williams will force them to change things up front.
Head coach Lovie Smith announced Monday that Williams will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Williams suffered a wrist injury Sunday vs. the Lions and underwent surgery after leaving the game.
He had started 22 consecutive games, including the playoffs, and that streak, along with the Bears' string of four games in a row with the same five starters on the O-line, will be snapped vs. San Diego.
Edwin Williams stepped in at left guard against Detroit and is likely to start in Week 11 vs. the Chargers.
The Bears also wavied DE Nick Reed and signed DE Chauncey Davis. A seventh-year veteran, Davis played in all 16 games last season for the Falcons, recording 24 tackles and one sack.
The way we see it
Chris Williams has not lived up to the billing he entered the league with when the Bears selected him with the 14th overall pick in the 2008 draft and made him their left tackle of the future, but he has been solid for much of this season and is a smart player.
Edwin Williams, a swing backup on the interior, went undrafted in 2009, but he has some NFL experience. Williams has played in all but one game this season and started three games for the Bears at guard last season.
With Chris Williams done for the season and no clear timetable for ORT Gabe Carimi's return from last week's knee surgery, the Bears are down two Week One starters on the offensive line.