Williams may start for Briggs

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Lance Briggs pulled a veteran move Thursday, skillfully dancing around the topic of his status for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.

"My health? I'm breathing well," Briggs said. "My temperature is about 98.6. I feel good. It's not my call (on playing Sunday). Right now, I'm questionable, with a possibility of being possible."

If Briggs doesn't play, the Bears are expected to turn to Jamar Williams, who replaced the injured Pro Bowl linebacker in Minnesota. Williams finished with five tackles (after coaches review), and sounded fairly pleased with his performance.

"I felt pretty good," Williams said. "To go out there and make a couple of plays, it felt really good. I wasn't perfect or anything like that, so I've got a lot of things to work on. Ever since I've gotten here, my goal has been to play linebacker in the league, and not just stay on special teams. Whenever I've gotten an opportunity in the past, I've tried to step up, and I'll do the same if I get that chance this week."

"[Jamar] did some good things, like he's done most of the time he's had an opportunity to play," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "He had a big stop around the end zone (versus the Vikings). Good lick. He's a good player who's been around here a long time."