Forget the quarterback evaluation for the time being. The team that gets off the bus running has more issues on the offensive line than a rookie who can't seem to get on the field.
While the Bears try to figure out what is making first-round pick Chris Williams' back act up, they will also have to figure out what to do at left guard. At least for the time being.
Veteran Terrence Metcalf is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss at least a few weeks. If it's a simple procedure like former defensive tackle Ian Scott had two summers ago, he could be back in three or four weeks, in time for the season opener. But that's if it is an easy cleanout.
The top options right now are Josh Beekman and Anthony Oakley. Then there are late-round picks Kirk Barton and Chester Adams and former sixth-round pick Tyler Reed. For the sake of being complete, undrafted rookie free agent Ryan Poles is also on the roster.
Combined the six have a total of zero NFL starts. It's a good thing center Olin Kreutz came back as soon as he did from his Achilles tendon injury.
We'll look into this situation a little further later on today. The lone practice is scheduled for 7 p.m. and hopefully the rain and storms will stay away and they can get all of their work in.
Would not be surprised to learn Williams went to see a specialist. He was nowhere to be seen on campus Monday. Players, even the injured ones, eventually trickle over to the dining hall and he was never spotted. So either he was holed up with some delivery food between the dorm room and training facility, or he was excused to travel off campus.
A reminder, a Mailbag Q & A comes on Wednesday.