Sidelined since suffering a calf injury July 31 in training camp, veteran middle linebacker D.J. Williams continues to work to get back onto the practice field.
“He is improving,” said coach Marc Trestman. “I’m going to meet with him this week to just kind of spend some time with him and see where he is. But he feels like he’s getting better. We feel he’s getting better.”
With less than three weeks until the Sept. 8 season opener against the Bengals, the clock is ticking.
“We’re getting closer to the season and his conditioning now becomes an issue,” Trestman said. “We think that eventually he’ll be back certainly. We just don’t know when. It’s just an improving situation.
“He’s on schedule to come back over the time period that we expected him to. Of course, he expected to come back a lot quicker and most players do of his caliber. So we’ll see what happens over the next few weeks and hopefully we’ll get him out here to practice in the next 12-14 days or better.”
Defensive tackle Henry Melton and receiver Earl Bennett also remained sidelined with concussions.
“Henry and Earl are getting better,” Trestman said. “It’s still day-to-day and we’re keeping our fingers crossed there that it will continue to improve as it has.”
Other players who sat out Monday’s practice included long-snapper Patrick Mannelly (rib), tackle Jonathan Scott (knee), defensive end Cheta Ozougwu (hamstring), quarterback Matt Blanchard (hand), running back Harvey Unga (rib) and defensive tackle Corvey Irvin (ankle).
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Bears coach Marc Trestman said that starting middle linebacker D.J. Williams is “week-to-week” after being carted off the field with a calf injury early in Wednesday’s practice.
“He’s had a very good first week,” Trestman said. “He’s totally locked in, been all business, excited about being here. When these things happen, you just have to move on. I anticipate he’ll be ready to go when the doctors clear him and hopefully that will be sooner than later.”
Williams was replaced on the No. 1 defense by rookie second-round draft pick Jon Bostic. Last season at Florida the 6-1, 245-pounder started all 13 games at middle linebacker, registering 68 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two interceptions.
“I’m just trying to get better each and every day,” Bostic said. “There is still a lot of stuff I’ve got to learn. I’m not perfect in any area at all. I see that every day on film. So I’ve got to pick one thing out each and every day on what I want to get better on.”
Asked if he would be ready to start the season opener Sept. 8 against the Bengals if needed, Bostic said: “I’m really just talking it day-by-day. I’m not really looking ahead to then. I’m just looking forward to watching film today and trying to get better on the stuff for tomorrow.”
Trestman was eager to watch tape of the young linebacker’s performance in Wednesday’s practice.
“Bostic had a lot of reps, not only at the linebacker position but also on special teams because he has to be a dominant special teams player,” Trestman said. “Until I look at the tape I can’t evaluate his performance today, but I know he was working at it. He was giving great effort and on a couple occasions I saw him do very well when I was focused in on him.”
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