Veteran middle linebacker D.J. Williams was absent from Tuesday’s OTA. There was no reason disclosed for his absence, but these practices are voluntary, anyway.

Typically, although a player’s presence is not required, it does them no favors to skip the practices. They lose valuable time jelling with their teammates and getting into football shape. But Williams, a veteran of 10 NFL seasons, hardly needs the basic prep work that is more beneficial for the younger players on the team, especially after coming off a torn pectoral last year.

Williams realistically is not in a heated battle, even though second-year pro Jon Bostic is said to be in competition with him at middle linebacker. The Bears are counting on Williams to be healthy and a stable presence for a defense that was so bad last year.