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After injuries to left guard Chris Spencer and right guard Lance Louis, Edwin Williams was forced into action on Sunday against the Vikings.
After tearing his ACL, Louis was placed on injured reserve on Monday and will not return this season. The extent of Spencer's injury is unclear, as an MRI revealed cartilage damage in his knee, and he will likely not be able to play on Sunday (h/t Chicago Tribune).
With former starter Chilo Rachal having left the team, and with their injuries, the Bears signed veteran Andre Gurode on Tuesday (h/t ESPN). However, he will likely not be ready to see any significant time on the field this Sunday, meaning the Bears will move forward with Williams as a starter.
He started seven games last season for the Bears while filling in at left guard, following an injury to Chris Williams. Whether he starts at left guard, where he is more comfortable, or at right guard is unknown at this point, but he was solid in pass protection last year. As a former center, he has good athleticism.
If he gets the start at left guard, he will be matched up against the difficult Brandon Mebane, who has great strength and is a tremendous pass rusher, meaning Williams will have to play at the top of his game to protect quarterback Jay Cutler.