For the second straight day the Bears filed an injury report with exactly zero names on it as “limited” or “did not participate” in practice. Coach Marc Trestman maintained that the team would take another day before deciding on whether wide receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) or linebacker D.J. Williams (calf) will be up and operating on Sunday vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.
Linebacker Lance Briggs was not so circumspect: "Now, D.J. Williams is back from injury and D.J. Williams is our starting [middle linebacker],” Briggs said on Thursday, a day after cornerback Tim Jennings mentioned that it was good to have Williams back with the first defense.
The Bengals are not so healthy.
Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who underwent offseason knee surgery, was out of practice for the second straight day and did not play in any preseason games. That included game four in which multiple Bengals starters played (quarterback Andy Dalton, receiver A.J. Green, tight end Jermaine Gresham, other offensive linemen).
Anthony Collins, who has not started a game since 2011 and played in only 12 over the past two seasons, has started this preseason in place of Whitworth.
Backup guard Mike Pollack also was out for a second practice, as was reserve cornerback Brandon Ghee (concussion).