Veteran guard Roberto Garza underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning.
Garza played the previous two games with a torn meniscus in his knee, and the decision was made to shut him down to repair the knee. The procedure took only 20 minutes and he is already walking.
However, the surgery will end his streak of 69 consecutive games started. Former left tackle Chris Williams has been moved inside to take Garza's place. It's not a temporary switch for Williams, so if Garza is to get back in the starting lineup, he will likely have to reclaim his old job at right guard. That spot is now being manned by Edwin Williams, the second-year player from Maryland who has shown promise.
Garza does not have an ACL in his right knee, but that has never been an issue for him during his career with the Bears. He had graded out well during the first five games. It is expected that Garza will be able to return to football action in 10 to 14 days. That means he will be ruled out of the game with the Washington Redskins next week. However, the bye week follows that and he could be in the mix for the Nov. 7 game vs. the Buffalo Bills that will be played in Toronto.