The left tackle of the future is the left tackle for now as Chris Williams will be moved to that position for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams with veteran Orlando Pace expected to miss with a groin muscle injury.
That's the spot the Bears were going to play the first-round pick from Vanderbilt at last season before he went down with a back injury on the second day of training camp and eventually required surgery. Frank Omiyale is expected to remain at left guard and veteran Kevin Shaffer will play right tackle.
Williams has 11 starts at right tackle this season and it's been a work in progress for him. The hope the Bears have is that his athletic ability will serve him better at his more natural position. The line has struggled throughout the season and the first step moving forward to 2010 has to be to determine if Williams can handle the position. He'll miss the Rams' best pass rusher as Leonard Little plays left end for St. Louis. Williams is expected to be lined up across from veteran James Hall.