Bears LG Chris Williams put on injured reserve
By MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org November 14, 2011 8:16PM
Bears guard Chris Williams (74) is out for the season after hurting his wrist Sunday. | TOM CRUZE ~SUN-TIMES
Updated: December 16, 2011 8:23AM
Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice, who has been putting out fires ever since he joined the Bears in 2010, has another job on his hands this week.
Left guard Chris Williams, whose 20 consecutive starts are the most by any Bears linemen at the same position, was put on injured reserve after suffering an apparent dislocated left wrist in the Bears’ 37-13 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
‘‘Chris has been playing good football for us,’’ coach Lovie Smith said Monday. ‘‘It’s a tough break for us, a tough break for Chris. But that’s how it goes sometimes.’’
Edwin Williams, a third-year guard/center from Maryland, replaced Chris Williams to start the second half. Edwin Williams started three games at right guard last season, but Smith would not commit to Williams starting against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Frank Omiyale started 12 games at left guard in 2009.
‘‘Edwin did a good job for us,’’ Smith said. ‘‘Edwin has started for us. He knows what to do. There’s a reason why he’s on the roster. So we feel good with Edwin stepping in, if that’s what duty calls.’’
The loss of Williams also opens up the possibility of keeping both right guard Chris Spencer and current right tackle Lance Louis in the lineup when and if rookie right tackle Gabe Carimi returns from a knee injury.
The Bears had their lowest rushing output in six games Sunday. Matt Forte (18 carries, 64 yards) and Marion Barber (13-27) combined for 91 yards on 34 carries (2.5 yards per carry). The Bears came in averaging 161 rushing yards and 5.3 per carry in their previous five games.
‘‘You can slow down the running game,’’ Smith said. ‘‘Strategically, I can’t say they did [anything different], besides putting an extra guy in the box. They did a good job of shutting down the run.’’
Davis in, Reed out
The Bears signed veteran defensive end Chauncey Davis and cut Nick Reed. The 6-2, 271-pound Davis, a fourth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons out of Florida State in 2006, had 10 sacks, two interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 96 games (25 starts) over six seasons.
Davis, 28, was released prior to the final preseason game.