Henry Melton, IR. Next man up, Nate Collins, ditto. D.J. Williams. He gone. Next man up, Jon Bostic. Bostic made quite an impression on the 4th Phase during the preseason. Fans wanted him to start probably for a couple reasons. He played well enough to earn the starting job and fans may have wanted to see the heir apparent to Brian Urlacher.
Good thing for Bostic is that he has mentor in Lance Briggs. Briggs has been the Bears best linebacker and most durable for arguably the past 5 seasons even with Urlacher around. With Briggs calling the plays, Bostic can continue to learn the defense and worry about being in position and making plays. Bostic has shown instincts, good awareness and looks to be sure tackler. As a rookie, he'll be tested, he may even find himself out of position and make mistakes. At this point, without a defensive identity, maybe Bostic can help shape the defense of the future. But the future of the defense may be bleak if the defensive line can't keep blockers off him.