Looks Like Omiyale at Left Tackle
Smith seemed to slip Monday when he described it as a "significant hamstring" injury before catching himself and adding, "I mean one that would keep you out of the rest of the game."
If Williams has a tear, he could be sidelined until midseason. If it's a less serious pull, maybe he'll miss a few games. Smith didn't seem to think it would be easier for a lineman to return more quickly than a skill-position player who runs more.
I'm not smart enough to know why the Bears blocked so much better after Chris Williams left the game with his hamstring injury. But because of that, I'm just not sure how significant this injury is. It certainly puts a lot of pressure on Kevin Shaffer, the inevitable starter at right tackle.
For those of us who thought the best thing for the franchise would have been a losing season and the departure of the head coach, we're left to ponder the possibility of a playoff berth and of Lovie not having to put his home on the market.
The truth is this. The 2-0 start should be the impetus that leads the Bears into making a deal for Vincent Jackson. Jackson is the perfect Jay Cutler target - a bigger, better version of Earl Bennett. If the Bears don't pursue Jackson, and allow him to set up shop in Minneapolis, they may indirectly become responsible for reinvigorating a deflated Vikings franchise. Giving up a second and third round draft choice will seem a light price for a division title.