The Bears have informed veteran middle linebacker D.J. Williams he will not return to Chicago next season, a source told ESPN on Tuesday. WIlliams' season came to an end last year after he suffereda neck injury soon after he returned from a concussion. He remains interested in resuming his playing career, and has received interest from other clubs in free agency.
A neck injury has landed Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams on season-ending injured reserve. Williams, who had recently returned from a concussion, started all but two games this season and finishes it having contributed to 46 tackles. He had no sacks or interceptions, however.
Bears linebacker D.J. Williams was able to return on Thursday against the Cowboys. Williams left the game early in the first quarter, and was taken back to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. Williams was cleared, and was able to return to the contest.
Bears linebacker D.J. Williams is being evaluated for a concussion. Williams left the game near the end of the first quarter. He was looked at by trainers on the field, and was able to walk off. He went back to the locker room, and is currently being evaluated by the team's medical staff.
The Bears have ruled linebacker Lance Briggs (ribs) and defensive back Chris Conte (shoulder) out for Week 7 at home against Miami. Linebacker Jon Bostic, who is nursing a back injury, was the only player listed as questionable on the injury report for Chicago. The following players have been ruled probable for Sunday: Tackle Jermon Bushrod (knee, ankle), safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), running back Matt Forte (not injury related), linebacker Shea McClellin (hand), cornerback Sherrick McManis (quadricep, knee), tackle Jordan Mills (foot), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (not injury related) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck).