Jay Cutler returns this Sunday and when he takes the field against the Seahawks he will see another new offensive line mix in front of him.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs Wednesday, Chris Williams will replace Roberto Garza at Left Guard. Lovie Smith acknowledged Garza is suffering from a knee injury and will have it scoped this week. Williams was unavailable in the locker room before practice, and after practice said he had meeting to attend and couldn't talk. He wouldn't confirm the move, nor would Lovie Smith, offensive Coordinator Mike Martz, or his line coach Mike Tice.
"He was in a couple different spots today," Tice said of Williams, who left game 2 against the Cowboys with a hamstring injury. "There's a chance he's going to play, where he's going to play we'll determine that based on a couple things."
Tice is looking for continuity on the offensive line, an element that has been missing up front. The return of Williams, a 1st round pick, is a delicate balance considering the line did pretty good in Carolina blocking for 218 rushing yards while giving up 3 sacks.
"He's one of our top 5 guys," Tice explained, "and I want to find a way to get him on the field without disrupting what we've done to this point."
Tice admitted Frank Omiyale has played well at left tackle of late, but wouldn't say Williams would replace Garza at left guard. Tice did say what could make the 6'6" 315 pounder out of Vandy valuable inside.
"If, lets say hypothetically he was to go inside," Tice said, "He's a great knee bender. And I really think at this stage of his career, he probably disagrees with me, but at this stage of his career, I think he's a better run blocker than he is a pass protector. I know he doesn't want to hear that."
But the Bears are hoping Tice is right and they can stop the musical chairs on the line.
"Hopefully we'll make the right decisions. Get the firght 5 guys in there," Tice admitted. "That's what we're looking for. And with Chris coming back I think the chances for that are pretty good right now."