BOURBONNAIS, Ill. JMarcus Webb is the starting left tackle for now. Hell have some reps against the likes of elite rushers Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller when the Denver Broncos open the preseason at Soldier Field on Thursday.The competition between Webb and Chris Williams for the No. 1 job at left tackle is in fact in something of a holding pattern, however, with Williams shift to right tackle motivated in some measure by a desire to lighten the load on Gabe Carimis recovering right knee.I thought one guy Webb or Williams would really separate themselves and really jump out there, but that didn't really happen, said offensive coordinator Mike Tice. So for me, let's keep status quo, and see where the games take us.If there is a concern beyond neither Webb nor Williams stepping up, it may be that Williams has appeared to slump somewhat since the rotation reset was done last week.Williams, working at right tackle, was beaten convincingly by rookie Shea McClellin on consecutive pass rushes on Monday. McClellin put several moves together to register a simulated sack with an inside finish, then came back with a straight speed rush where he got the edge on Williams.With Gabes knee being sore a week ago, we had to get somebody over there that had some experience to take some reps off of Gabe because he was in a little bit of a bad way there for a couple of days, Tice said. We took some reps off him and it seems to have worked.How well it worked will play out a little more on Thursday night.
We'd been circling this news all week, and now it's getting closer to reality: late Saturday night, Adam Schefter reported that QB Mitch Trubisky will be under center for the Bears' matchup with the Saints this Sunday:
Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky, listed as questionable for today’s game against the Saints due to a shoulder injury, will play, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2019
Trubisky was a full participant in practice from Wednesday to Friday of last week, but had still been listed as questionable up to this point. He returns after dislocating his left shoulder in Week 4 against the Vikings and missing the team's Week 5 loss to the Raiders.
The news comes at a crucial juncture of the season for the Bears, who are currently 3-2 and in third place in the NFC North.
When the Bears announced their 2019 schedule, we decided to have some puppies reveal the opponents. Now, we have taken it a step further. We have a puppy that will make weekly picks for the Bears games.
Walter has been through a lot during his young life— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) August 29, 2019
We introduce you to the pup who will be predicting Bears games all season in our first edition of Puppy Pick 'Em! (@onetailatatime) pic.twitter.com/S3AVfKMALx
It is Week 7!
Walter's choices in Week 7 are a chance to go to Mardi Gras or a celebration of St. Patrick's day in Chicago. Bears fans should be excited about his decision in Week 7... and now we're all looking forward to St. Patrick's Day again!
The 12-week old dachshund was hand-selected by the scouts at NBC Sports Chicago and hails from One Tail at a Time rescue. He came from a shelter in Alabama and was transported to Chicago. At just 7 weeks old and without his mom, he beat a deadly virus and spent some time in the doggie ER, where he healed and became strong again.
Now, Walter is ready to rumble between the well-manicured lines of Sweetness Field. He is NOW adoptable via onetail.org and has two adorable sisters named Martha and Millie, who are already adopted.
Walter will pick the games throughout the NFL season, including the playoffs and we hope that his nose follows the scent to the Bears every week, all the way to that magical game in Miami in February. Narrated by Jason Benetti, play-by-play announcer for the White Sox.
It is time for Puppy Pick ‘Em presented by Nissan.
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