The Bears confirmed on Wednesday that Jay Cutler will return to the starting lineup this week. He’ll be playing behind a revamped offensive line.
2008 first-round pick Chris Williams will move to left guard in a rather surprising switch, according to the Chicago Tribune. Williams was tabbed as the blind side protector of the future, but he’s struggled this year before an injury. Veteran Frank Omiyale will stay at left tackle.
The key here appears to be getting left guard Roberto Garza out of the starting lineup. Garza isn’t 100% and his play has fallen off dramatically. Rookie seventh-round pick J’Marcus Webb will remain at right tackle.
Cutler spoke Wednesday about the decision to sit out against the Panthers last week.
“I wanted to play. But concussions are kind of tricky,” Cutler said.
The Bears host the Seahawks and Redskins before a bye and a trip to face the Bills. If their defense continues to play well, they have a great chance to start the year 6-2 or 7-1 before the schedule gets tougher down the stretch.
UPDATE: Here’s Cutler, in moving pictures.