Roy Williams might give Bears’ attack a boost
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org September 21, 2011 9:30PM
Updated: November 10, 2011 4:50PM
Roy Williams said he doesn’t have much of a history against Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson.
‘‘He’s in the slot most of the time,’’ said Williams, who faced Woodson and the Packers six times with the Lions and Cowboys. ‘‘When we played them in Dallas, they had a great game and he covered [Jason] Witten all game. I haven’t had much history, but he makes plays.’’
Still, the Bears figure to be better off with the 6-3, 215-pound Williams on the field against Woodson and the Packers on Sunday at Soldier Field. Williams has had two of his most productive games against the Packers. He had seven receptions for 138 yards and a 42-yard touchdown with the Lions in 2006; and he had five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown with the Cowboys in 2009.
Woodson, a seven-time Pro Bowler with the Raiders and Packers, did not practice Wednesday because of a foot injury but is expected to play. Williams, who missed the Bears’ 30-13 loss to the Saints with a groin injury, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and is hopeful he’ll play Sunday.
The Bears have had one 100-yard receiver in 11 games against the Packers with Woodson — Muhsin Muhammad (6-102) in 2006.
‘‘He’s one of the greatest DBs in the game, a future Hall of Famer and one of the best in the game to this day [at 34],’’ Williams said of Woodson. ‘‘We’ll definitely know where he is. It doesn’t mean we go away from him, but he’s good so you have to respect him. He’s the best of the best.’’
Wide receiver Earl Bennett (chest bruise), offensive tackle Gabe Carimi (partially dislocated knee) and safety Major Wright (head/neck) did not practice Wednesday. Carimi is out for at least 4-6 weeks. Bennett is not expected to play. Wright’s status will be determined later in the week.
Safety Chris Harris (hamstring), guard Lance Louis (ankle), running back Marion Barber (calf) and Williams practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. The Bears are hopeful all four can play Sunday.
‘‘We’re in decent shape,’’ coach Lovie Smith said.
A rivalry among friends
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has an appreciation for the Bears-Packers rivalry, but it’s not the same for him as it is for the fans.
‘‘I enjoy a number of the guys on the [Bears] and have worked out with Charles [Tillman],’’ Rodgers said. ‘‘I have a lot of respect for the defensive guys we play against — Lance [Briggs] and Brian [Urlacher] and Julius [Peppers] and Charles obviously. It’s been a great rivalry for the game for a long, long time. It’s an honor to carry on the tradition. But I don’t think there’s a lot of hatred [between the teams]. But there’s definitely lot of competitive guys that want to win.’’
No longer a rookie
Marian Central Catholic product Brian Bulaga is solidifying his spot at right tackle after starting for the Packers as a rookie last year.
‘‘Brian’s made a big jump from Year One to Year Two, which is what you like to see in a young player,’’ Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. ‘‘I think he’s going to have an excellent career at tackle for us. We’re happy with the progress Brian’s made.’’