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Williams done talking about back
By Bob LeGere | Daily Herald Staff

First-round draft pick Chris Williams, shown here at minicamp in May, just wants to concentrate on getting back on the field.

 

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

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Published: 8/26/2008 12:30 AM

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First-round draft choice Chris Williams said he believes there has been enough discussion about his back surgery, his medical history and who knew what and when they knew it.

"I'm not talking about medical stuff anymore," the rehabbing offensive tackle said. "It's just a waste of everybody's time in general. We're playing the Colts in two weeks, we've got the Browns this week, and that's what we're focused on as a team."

Williams is convinced he will play this year and for many years to come despite a herniated disc that sidelined him the second day of training camp and required surgery Aug. 6. He said the pain is in the past, but the mental frustration continues.

"It's been a big test," he said. "I'm not used to sitting out. But it's something you learn from, and I've gotten better from it, and I'll be a better player in the end.

"You learn the tempo, what to expect on game day, how stuff changes on game day. Because as much film as you want to watch during the week, teams are going to throw extra stuff at you. So it's been good (in that regard)."

Turning it on: Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs was asked if it's easier for a veteran group like the Bears' defense to flip the intensity switch and dial up a better performance than the one it turned in Thursday night.

"I know we have the guys that can turn it up," Briggs said. "But you don't want to talk about being someone who can flip the switch. There's no excuse for the way we played last week.

"That's an opportunity; you flip the switch (and) you play hard. You play hard and you hone your techniques and the things that you're supposed to be doing. We didn't do that, so flip the switch or not we need to be ready come Indy."

Light duty: Marty Booker has more than twice as many career catches (509) than all the rest of the Bears' wide receivers combined, but the 10-year veteran has just 1 catch for 15 yards in the preseason and hasn't been on the field for many snaps.

"I would like to be out there a lot more," Booker said. "But sometimes you have to get the other guys some work and get them going. If I have to take a back seat and get some spot work here and there, I guess my time has to be in the classroom and studying and learning."

Injury update: Defensive end Mark Anderson (thumb), tight end Desmond Clark (knee), guard Terrence Metcalf (knee) and long snapper Patrick Mannelly (shoulder) did not practice Monday and are not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale. Nose tackle Dusty Dvoracek (calf) also did not practice but could play.