Bears coach Lovie Smith confirmed that left guard Chris Williams has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season after suffering what is likely a dislocated wrist in the Bears' 37-13 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Williams' injury is similar to the dislocated wrist that Brian Urlacher suffered in the 2009 opener against Green Bay. Urlacher missed the rest of that season.
Edwin Williams, a second-year guard/center from Maryland, replaced Chris Williams in the Lions game. Edwin Williams, a center in college, started three games at right guard last season. Smith would not commit to Edwin Williams starting Sunday against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field. But he doesn't commit to much on Mondays.
''Edwin did a good job for us,'' Smith said. ''Edwin has started for us. He knows what to do. There's a reason why he's on the roster. So we feel good ... with Edwin stepping in if that's what duty calls.''
But the loss of Chris Williams also opens up the possibility of the Bears keeping both right guard Chris Spencer and current right tackle Lance Louis in the lineup when and if rookie right tackle Gabe Carimi returns from a knee injury.