First-round draft pick Chris Williams is sidelined for a second consecutive day with a back issue and might not be back on the field until some point next week.
The offensive tackle was injured halfway through the second practice of training camp on Thursday. He skipped Friday's fully padded session and was a bystander Saturday morning. He's expected to skip the evening practice at Ward Field also. Williams was moving around slowly.
"I'm feeling all right, man,'' he said. ``Just taking it a day at a time, you know?
"It's been real frustrating. You try to get to work and get better and being physically limited right now is just real frustrating. [I've got to] just kind of keep a positive outlook and I'm looking forward to getting back. It's just kind of a patient thing. Just kind of got to let it heal itself I guess."
No one has put a timetable on things for a return but the more days he misses the more difficult it will be for him to unseat veteran John St. Clair. Williams needs practice time that will lead to significant playing time in preseason games. The Bears could also consider switching it up and moving John Tait back to the left side and slotting St. Clair at right tackle. That could spark a game of musical chairs though because if and when Williams is ready to play, he'll need to be at left tackle.
"I don't think it's going to be a significant amount of time,'' he said. ``Just getting to the point where I can get back in my stance and get out of my stance."
A handful of veterans including Brian Urlacher, Mike Brown, Tommie Harris and Marty Booker watched the morning practice. There is a good chance they will participate tonight.
And, yes, Devin Hester remained out with his pesky hamstring issue.