Chicago Bears starting left guard Chris Williams injured his wrist in yesterday's 37-13 blowout win over the Detroit Lions. Sources say it was a similar injury to the one Brian Urlacher suffered two years ago, which forced him to miss 15 games. Williams had surgery immediately after the injury and the team has officially placed him on IR, effectively ending his 2011 season.
Edwin Williams filled in at left guard in the second half of yesterday's game. Going forward, it's unclear how offensive line coach Mike Tice will re-shuffle the line, especially with T Gabe Carimi out indefinitely after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery this past Friday.
This is a significant blow to Chicago's offensive line, which was starting to come around in a big way the past month. Chris Williams appeared finally comfortable with his role along the line and was performing as well as any lineman on the team.
The Bears have waived DE Nick Reed, who appeared in seven games for Chicago this season, recording 11 tackles and one pass breakup. In 23 career games with the Bears and Seahawks, Reed had 19 tackles, one sack, three pass breakups and a 79-yard fumble return touchdown.
To replace Reed, the team has signed DE Chauncey Davis to a two-year contract. Davis appeared in 96 games (25 starts) over six seasons (2005-10) with the Atlanta Falcons after entering the NFL as a fourth round draft selection (128th overall) in 2005. He recorded 204 tackles with 10 sacks, two interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles for Atlanta, including two touchdowns: 26-yard interception return and 24-yard fumble return.
The Bears active roster currently stands at 52 players. The team will need to add one more player this week to fill out the roster. It's likely Chicago will sign a veteran offensive lineman to replace Williams.
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