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Bears' O-line a jumble for now

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By Dan Parr

As QB Jay Cutler said at Bears OTAs Wednesday, it’s hard to tell just where all the pieces may fall on the team’s offensive line by the time the Bears kick into high gear late in the summer.

With rules restricting players from contact until training camp, competition on the O-line won’t really heat up until late July, but we were able to get a glimpse of where things stand for now during the practice session Wednesday.

The first-team O-line consisted of Chris Williams and J’Marcus Webb splitting time at left tackle, confirming speculation this offseason that Williams would move back to tackle after playing guard for much of the past two seasons.

“That’s the move that (management) wants to make and we’ve got to go with it,” Cutler said of Williams’ transition back to tackle. “Chris is going to be in a position to compete. I think all those guys, except for (Roberto) Garza have a chance to compete. At the end of the day, we’ll see what best five we have.”

While Garza is entrenched as the starting center, a majority of the starting spots on the offensive line likely will be open to competition in training camp. On Wednesday, Chris Spencer was the first-team left guard, with Garza at center, Lance Louis at right guard and Mansfield Wrotto at right tackle.

Chilo Rachal, who worked as the second-team left guard, could get a chance to compete for a starting spot in camp, too.

"I don’t think it would be fair to any of those guys competing to say where they’re at until we get into camp and get the pads on and see what we’ve got," Cutler said.

The likely starter at right tackle, Gabe Carimi, is still not ready to participate in practice as he returns from knee surgery.

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