The Chicago Bears have lost their third defensive starter to a season-ending injury. Middle linebacker D.J. Williams tore his pectoral muscle in last night’s contest against the New York Giants and will miss the remainder of the 2013 campaign.
Following Henry Melton and Nate Collins, who both tore their ACLs, Williams is the third defensive starter Chicago has lost for the year. The 10-year veteran was signed on a one-year deal this past offseason and he may have played his last snap for the Bears. Multiple sources have confirmed the news, although the organization has not officially placed him on injured reserve.
The Bears now turn to rookie Jon Bostic to take over at middle linebacker. The second-round pick worked with the starters the entire preseason and filled in for Williams last night as well.
“I never know who is going to go down. Anybody can go down at any given time, so you’ve got to be ready,” Bostic said after the game.
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