Williams needs to find patience -- again

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jamar Williams knows all about being patient.

The one-time heir apparent to Lance Briggs at weakside linebacker, Williams has spent the majority of his first four NFL seasons primarily on special teams. He opened a lot of eyes versus the Rams, recording a career-high 20 tackles subbing for the injured Briggs. But now that Briggs appears on the mend, Williams may be headed back to the bench for the Packers game.

"We're not really sure what's going to happen," Williams said. "Hopefully I put enough out there that coaches will give me a little more reps. Either way, I trust them 100 percent, and if my role goes back to special teams, I'll just go out there and try to make something happen on that phase."

"When you play like that (how Williams did against St. Louis) it warrants more time," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. "But it's not like it'll be at Lance Briggs' position. Jamar did a great job, but he's not Lance Briggs. We'll just let the rest of the week play out, and try to find a way to get him a few reps."

Smith did allow Williams and Nick Roach to split time at strongside linebacker earlier this season, so that could be a way for the Bears to get Williams a little action -- the Bears also have occasionally shown a four-linebacker look. However, Roach is also coming off a strong game, and took all the reps on the strong side in the Bears base defense during Wednesday's practice. Williams moved in the middle in place of Hunter Hillenmeyer who sat out with a groin injury.