Garza returns to right guard for Bears
Williams, Louis pushed into reserve roles
Garza returns to right guard for Bears Williams, Louis pushed into reserve roles
Mike Tice originally said he wanted to come out of the off week with his offensive line set.
Maybe, just maybe, that is what will happen for the Bears
. They're set to unveil their fifth combination of the season when they play again Nov. 7 against the Buffalo Bills
in Toronto. Roberto Garza
, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee Oct. 15, will reclaim his old job at right guard pushing youngsters Edwin Williams and Lance Louis
into reserve roles.
Garza started 64 consecutive games at right guard from 2006 through 2009 before being moved to left guard a little more than a week into training camp. He'll be able to adapt quickly when he returns to practice next week, and having a veteran next to J'Marcus Webb could help the rookie right tackle make the next step in his rapid maturation.
"I have an extra week to rehab and get healthy," Garza said. "I feel good. The trainers are doing a great job, I'm coming around."
Webb has been thoroughly praised by offensive coordinator Mike Martz and Tice and has been a bright spot in a rocky and uneven first half of the season.
"(Webb) played better and the mentals were (better)," Tice said. "There were some situations in the game before, we all saw it, where he was looking around, his eyes weren't in the right spot. He only had one play in the whole game and they blitzed a fair number of times where his eyes weren't in the right spot. That just meant that he was more sure of himself. And he's such a gifted athlete and a massive human being, that when he knows what he's doing, even for a rookie seventh-round pick he's pretty OK."