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Bears MLB D.J. Williams re-signed with the team on a 1-year deal.  Williams heads into his age-32 season having lost at least 3 games each of the past 3 years because of injuries or suspension.  He opened 2013 as the Bears' starting middle man but missed the final 10 games with a torn pectoral muscle.  He presents little intrigue as an IDP if he wins the starting job again in 2014 and could block 2nd-year man Jon Bostic.  Chicago didn't love what it got from Bostic in his rookie season, however, which likely factored into Williams' return.

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Bears LB D.J. Williams is out for the year after tearing a pectoral muscle against the Giants.  That means rookie Jon Bostic will take over the starting job in the middle.  The 2nd-round pick carries intriguing upside after an impressive preseason.  Williams played just 57.1% of the team's defensive snaps through the 1st 6 games, though.  Bostic will have to see more than that to become an IDP factor this season.

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Bears LB D.J. Williams appears likely to start in the middle.  HC Marc Trestman has said that Williams will play but that the amount he plays will depend on his body's reaction to the more physical portions of practice.  Rookie LB Jon Bostic is expected to work in as well, turning both into weak options for your IDP lineup.  Williams missed most of training camp with a calf injury and watched Bostic start the 1st 3 preseason contests.  Williams proved a reliable tackle producer with Denver, but he has also been an average performer in real football terms.  We're hoping the Bears let Bostic take over sooner than later.

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Bears LB D.J. Williams left the practice field on a cart Wednesday morning.  The team has yet to release details, but the veteran did suffer a leg injury.  We'll see how serious the issue is, but even a minor injury will only help rookie LB Jon Bostic's chances of winning the MLB job.  The Bears drafted the former Florida Gator in Round 2 and have raved about various aspects of his game.  They'd like him to start right away.  Bostic stands as a strong sleeper candidate in early IDP drafts -- even stronger now.  Look for him to move further up our LB rankings soon.


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The Bears didn't wait long to bring in MLB Brian Urlacher's apparent successor.  Chicago reached a 1-year deal with former Broncos LB D.J. Williams today.  Williams played every LB position over 9 years in Denver.  He spent just 1 season at 4-3 MLB, back in 2007.  A 1-year deal doesn't necessarily lock Williams in as the starter, of course.  He could serve as insurance in case the Bears don't get their guy in the draft.  IDP owners should be aware that he tallied 141 total tackles in that lone MLB season.  Williams will be a late draft target if he wins the job, though, after a sluggish finish to his Broncos stint.

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Broncos WLB D.J. Williams is finally back from double suspension. He missed the 1st 6 games of the season for a positive PED test and the next 3 for a DUI conviction. He returns to a 6-3 first-place team that ranks 10th in the league in scoring defense. That includes allowing just 14 points two 2 of the past 3 opponents. WLB Wesley Woodyard and new MLB Keith Brooking are both performing well, and SLB Von Miller obviously isn't going to cede playing time. Look for Williams to play spot duty at most right away. We'll see what develops after that. He's an OK speculative add in deep IDP leagues but far from a must-add anywhere.

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The league announced Friday that it will suspend 3 Broncos to start the season. OLB D.J. Williams and DL Ryan McBean have been docked 6 games, while TE Virgil Green will lose 4. All reportedly fall under the league substance-abuse policy. Williams and McBean reportedly plan to file a federal lawsuit, saying their samples were tampered with. In a statement, Williams called the penalty unjust and said a hearing on the tests resulted in the league firing the sample collector. Should the suspensions hold up, it'll be the 2nd straight season Williams opens on suspension. Missing more than oen-third of the season would make him basically undraftable in IDP leagues. McBean and Green have yet to make themselves fantasy-worthy.

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Broncos WLB D.J. Williams is active for today's clash with the Titans, but the Denver Post reports that Wesley Woodyard will get the start. Williams obviously shouldn't be in IDP lineups as a result.

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Broncos WLB D.J. Williams was a limited practice participant all week and is questionable for Sunday. He's trying to return from a dislocated elbow suffered late in the preseason. If Williams is active and starting on Sunday, he should be a solid IDP play against the Titans. If he isn't, same goes for backup Wesley Woodyard.

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Broncos WLB D.J. Williams suffered a dislocated right elbow in Saturday's game and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. That makes Williams look rather doubtful for the 1st 2 regular-season games, questionable for the 3rd (on Sept. 25). Wesley Woodyard is expected to start in his place and carries some IDP sleeper potential. Those 1st games will come against Oakland, Cincinnati and Tennessee, 3 offenses likely to rely heavily on the run.

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The Broncos have fined LB D.J. Williams, stripped him of his captaincy, and will not start him against the Chiefs on Sunday as a result of DUI charges pressed against him earlier this week.  He may also face additional punishment from the league.  It's unclear just how much Williams will play Sunday, so the safe play is to bench him in IDP leagues.

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3 years ago

CBS 7 in Denver reports that Broncos LB D.J. Williams was booked for DUI early Friday morning.  It's unclear if the arrest will keep Williams out of this Sunday's game against the Chiefs.  We'll update this story when we learn more.

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