Chris Williams spoke to the media for the first time since having surgery Aug. 6 and he dropped a bomb shell.
He had a herniated disc when the Bears drafted him with the 14th overall pick in April. The herniated disc is the same one he had surgery to repair after being injured on the second day of training camp, July 24.
"I had a herniated disc before I got here," Williams said. "We knew that. Everyone knew that. It just was a thing where most people it doesn't affect. It wasn't affecting me so if nothing is broke, you don't fix it. Then something happened in practice that second day, the disc started moving and that caused some problems."
Williams aggravated the back injury during a non-contact drill and the team thought (or hoped) it was back spasms for two weeks before determining the exact nature of his problem.
The organization has yet to react to the news. Check back later on to see if the team wants to weigh in on it after being adamant it was a new injury.
"What the doctors told me, this was a new injury,'' general manager Jerry Angelo said at Soldier Field after the Bears-Chiefs game Aug. 7, one day after surgery. "He had injured his back approximately three years ago. He missed two or three days of practice. He had no symptoms of any kind of herniation when that injury occurred. He had no missed time in the last three years so it's a new injury. It's unfortunate."
Williams was in a good mood and is quite confident he will be playing football in the second half of this season. That's good news. Unexplained is how the Bears could claim to have no knowledge of a back issue for the player.