Bears Williams could split time at LB

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As the Chicago Bears ramped up preparations for Sunday’s season opener against Cincinnati at Soldier Field, a welcome sight took place on the practice fields at Halas Hall.

LB D. J. Williams, out since July 31 with a nagging calf injury, worked out with the first-team defense Wednesday, a sign he could definitely start the game against the Bengals. Rookie second-round pick Jon Bostic had played during Williams’ absence, and played well in spots. Head coach Marc Trestman called Williams presence a positive sign. “I don’t know that he’s in game condition to play 60 or 70 plays, or 50 or 60 plays, but we’re just going to let the week kind of take its course,” Trestman said. “Both him and Jonathan are getting plenty of work. We’re excited to have him back, certainly. If we have to make a decision, it’s a good one. There’s no reason why they can’t both be up.”

Since Williams has missed the entire preseason, it’s likely he’ll be fatigued at some point in the game. Bostic’s awareness gives the coaching staff confidence the Bears will be well-equipped. Bostic may have an increased special-teams role in case he’s not starting.

Williams, meanwhile, is just looking forward to getting back on the field. “Since I’ve been through it before, I’m prepared,” Williams said. “I know coming into the first game there’s going to be a little gas, a little winded. But the first game of the season everybody is going to be kind of like that.”

Bear Tracks: DE Julius Peppers and the Bears agreed on a restructured contract that provides the team more salary cap room this season. Peppers salary cap figure will increase over the next two seasons though, setting up another question the Bears hiearchy will have to address next offseasonk….The Bears head into Sunday’s contest with no players listed on the injury report. Cincinnati OT Andrew Whitworth didn’t practice Wednesday due to a knee injury. His status is listed as day-to-day….. Bears signed G Derek Dennis to the practice squad and terminated the practice squad contract of QB Jerrod Johnson.The 6-3, 315-pound Dennis spent the last five weeks of the 2012 regular season on the Bears practice squad and a majority of the preseason with Chicago. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins last season out of Temple, also spending time in the 2012 preseason with the New England Patriots.

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