Bears move former 1st-round pick Chris Williams to guard

Veteran Roberto Garza will have knee scope Brad Biggs

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The Chicago Bears will roll out their fourth combination on the offensive line in six weeks Sunday when they host the Seattle Seahawks.

Chris Williams, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2008 and the future left tackle for 2 ½ years now, has been moved to left guard. He’s coming back after missing the previous three games with a pulled right hamstring.

Williams will take the place of veteran Roberto Garza, who has been playing with a torn meniscus in his left knee. Garza will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, but Williams is expected to remain the starter when Garza returns.

That means Frank Omiyale will play left tackle and the Bears have inexperience on the right side with Edwin Williams (3 career starts) at guard and rookie J’Marcus Webb (1 career start) at tackle.

Offensive line coach Mike Tice has been searching for the right combination and has said all along he wants his starting five sorted out by the team’s bye week at the end of the month. When does he figured it will be determine?

“Sunday, this week,” Tice said. “We’re not going to look back. Hopefully, we’ll make the right decisions. With Chris coming back, I think the chances of us having some continuity are pretty good right now.”

It’s an organizational decision switching Chris Williams, but he’s been knocked for having short arms and that will not be a detriment inside at guard. There are plenty of players who have made the transition from outside to inside. If it works well, he can still be a building block for the future.

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