The Bears offensive line took another major hit on Monday when the team placed right guard Lance Louis on injured reserve with a knee injury sustained on a hit by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen in the Bears 28-10 win on Sunday.
Louis was arguably the Bears best offensive lineman to this point of the season and moves reserve Edwin Williams into the starting lineup. Williams stepped in for Chris Spencer on Sunday when Spencer suffered a knee injury, and Spencers return is uncertain at this point as well.
Williams stepped in at left guard when Chris Williams went on IR with a wrist offense after game nine last season. Edwin Williams allowed zero sacks, one quarterback hit and 11 pressures in seven-plus games, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
Williams also subbed for Louis when the latter missed three games with an ankle injury in 2010. Williams allowed no sacks and one hit in those three games, based on PFF studies.
The Bears thought enough of Williams performance to work out a two-year contract extension last Dec. 28.
Coach Lovie Smith insisted that the Bears had contingency plans on Sunday when Louis and Spencer went to down and Williams and Gabe Carimi stepped in at the guard spots.
We had a plan in place and you have to go over that plan at a lot of positions, Smith said. A lot of time we just have two quarterbacks up, both go down and you have a plan for that third guy. We have that for just about all those positions.
The Blackhawks made a minor league deal on Saturday, announcing the acquisition of forward Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.
Latta, 25, has two goals and four assists in 29 games this season with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the American Hockey League.
He has four goals and 13 assists in 113 career games in the National Hockey League, all with the Washington Capitals from 2013-16.
Latta, who was a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) by the Nashville Predators in 2009, will report to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He carries a $600,000 cap hit, and is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Schilling ranked second among defensemen on the IceHogs with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 40 games, and had a minus-3 rating. The 28-year-old blue liner signed a two-year contract worth $575,000 per season with the Blackhawks in July 2015.
Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.
The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.
Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.
The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.