The most serious injury appeared to be a calf strain sustained by new Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams. Williams, signed as a free agent after beginning his career at Denver, was carted off the field early in Wednesday’s practice. The Bears listed him as week-to-week, and it will be interesting to see if his ailment opens the door for second-round draft choice Jon Bostic. Williams was trying to kick-start his career after off-field issues forced his exit from Denver.
Meanwhile, Bostic, the talented rookie backer from Florida who appears poised to seize the opportunity, relishes the chance to see more action. Really, it was just another opportunity to go out and compete,” Bostic said. “I really don’t look at it as being with the ones or the twos. It’s a chance to go out and compete and show what I can do and figure out how I can help this team
win. Asked to comment on the instructions from the coaching staff, Bostic was straight forward, but realistic. “The feedback from the coaches has been good but there is a lot of work I need to do. I am not perfect in any areas.”
Elsewhere, the offensive line suffered another hit. A day after starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod exited with a minor injury, veteran Jonathan Scott was forced to leave practice with a knee injury. Though not believed to be serious, it forced the Bears to reshuffle their lineman and dig deep into their reserves with veteran Eben Britton and Corey Brandon sharing snaps at left tackle.
On the field, the offense was sharper. Quarterback Jay Cutler had success finding wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, along with tight end Martellus Bennett in red zone drills.