Rookie Bostic expected to play bigger role in absence.
The Chicago Bears have been dealt a blow as middle linebacker D.J. Williams has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Williams left the Bears’ 27-21 win over the New York Giants on Thursday with four minutes left in the third quarter after a Brandon Jacobs run for a 1-yard loss.
Chicago have now lost three starters with franchise defensive tackle Henry Melton and replacement Nate Collins both suffering torn ACLs.
In addition, head coach Marc Trestman was also without cornerback Charles Tillman and nose tackle Stephen Paea for the game on Thursday as the injury list continues to grow.
However, with Williams missing a significant part of pre-season with a calf problem, rookie Jon Bostic is expected to come into the side and has been tipped by his team-mates to make a contribution.
Having been given playing time and an opportunity to familiarise himself with his team-mates as well as various different plays, Bostic has the backing of his coaching staff.
Coach Trestman isn’t feeling sorry for himself though, and has insisted that they need to install a “next man up” mentality in Chicago.
“It’s a next-man-up mentality. I think he’s mentally ready to take on playing that position. The experience that he had will certainly help him down the road,” he said according to ESPN.
The Bears did receive some positive news on the injury front with an update on James Anderson revealing that the back injury he sustained isn’t severe and while he may miss the clash with the Washington Redskins next week he should return thereafter.