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The Bears must shuffle their LB lineup again after placing MLB D.J. Williams on IR Thursday with a neck injury. That'll slide Jon Bostic from the weak side -- where he had taken over for IR'd Lance Briggs -- to the middle. Rookie Christian Jones is expected to start on the weak side. Bostic's a decent IDP option against a Saints team that ranks among the top 10 friendliest to LB scoring. Jones would be a pretty big gamble at a time in the fantasy schedule when you should really try to limit such moves.

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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 DT Henry Melton practiced Monday and said he believes he'll play in the regular-season opener.  Melton had been out since the 1st preseason game because of a concussion.  Chicago also got LB D.J. Williams back on the field from a July 31 calf injury.  The team still considers him day-to-day, though, and doesn't yet know if he'll play Sunday.  Rookie MLB Jon Bostic impressed after Williams got hurt, however, and might keep his starting job even if Williams gets cleared.  On the offensive side, Bears WR Earl Bennett expects to be ready to play after returning from his own preseason concussion.

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The Chicago Tribune reports that Bears LB D.J. Williams suffered a calf injury in Wednesday's morning workout and will be evaluated on a "week to week" basis.  That makes it sound like the veteran could be out a while, which only clears the way for 2nd-round rookie LB Jon Bostic to take the MLB job.  He's a nice upside pick for the late rounds of your IDP draft.


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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 Wesley Woodyard sat out today's practice because of the ankle sprain he suffered in Sunday's win over the Bucs. Woodyard looks highly unlikely to be ready for Thursday night. That should mean more playing time for both MLB Keith Brooking and WLB fill-in D.J. Williams against the Raiders. According to Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post, Brooking stayed on the field in nickel situations after Woodyard's injury Sunday. Rookie Danny Trevathan was the other LB at times. Williams reportedly saw some of those snaps as well and played as the lone LB in dime packages. All of that indicates the Broncos weren't really sure what they should do with passing-down LBs. There figures to be a clearer plan against Oakland, but it'll be tough for us to know that plan ahead of time. None of the 3 will be a strong play. Williams probably carries a bit more upside than Brooking.

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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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