D.J. Williams absent from OTA

Published May 28, 2014 in News and Rumors

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.

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