But for most of the game, the former first-round pick had his hands full inside, especially with Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.
Early in the first quarter with the Bears facing third and 9 on their own 31-yard line, Haynesworth drove Williams so far into the backfield that Williams actually collided with Jay Cutler for a 10-yard loss.
"It's a tough matchup going in there and playing against a guy who's really good player, a great player," Williams said. "That's my job to go out there and fight my hardest to get it done."
Haynesworth had one of four Washington sacks (Brian Orakpo two, Rocky McIntosh one) and also finished with a pair of tackles for a loss and quarterback hits. Although the Bears did a better job protecting Cutler in the second half, the offensive line got off to another slow start.
"[The offensive line's communication] was a lot better this week, but Edwin Williams went down early and Lance [Louis] slid in and did a good job," Williams said.
Williams, the starting right guard, left the game with back tightness, thwarting the Bears' attempt to play with the same offensive line for a second consecutive week.