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D.J. Williams | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/20/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 242
College: Miami (FL)
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Bears placed MLB D.J. Williams on injured reserve, ending his season.
Williams started 10 games in the middle for the Bears but was a major part of their dysfunction on that side of the ball. He hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2010. Jon Bostic will fill in at the MIKE spot the final three weeks. Williams will be a free agent in the offseason. He'll turn 33 next summer. Thu, Dec 11, 2014 12:46:00 PM

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Bears re-signed LB D.J. Williams.

Williams will be depth and competition in the middle for Jon Bostic. Of course, the injury-prone veteran will have to stay healthy. Williams lived up to his reputation by missing 10 games last year due to a torn pectoral.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 04:33:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears are on the verge of re-signing free agent LB D.J. Williams.

A source told the paper Williams is expected to be locked up before free agency opens on Tuesday. The Bears would hold another camp battle at middle linebacker, pitting Williams against incumbent sophomore Jon Bostic. Williams was manning the middle last year before tearing his left pectoral in early October.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 02:26:00 PM

ESPN Chicago hints the Bears may have some interest in re-signing free agent MLB D.J. Williams.

Signed to a one-year deal last spring, Williams appeared in six games for the Bears before suffering a torn left pectoral muscle and heading to injured reserve. Jon Bostic took over in the middle, but the Bears see his future at outside linebacker. Williams turns 32 this summer but could hold down the fort for another season on another one-year deal. He's been extremely injury-prone, however.
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 08:10:00 AM

Bears placed MLB D.J. Williams on injured reserve with a torn left pectoral muscle, ending his season.

Rookie Jon Bostic will be Chicago's starting middle linebacker the rest of the way. Injury prone even before the pectoral tear and 31 years old, Williams won't generate much interest on the free-agent market in 2014.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 03:17:00 PM

Bears MLB D.J. Williams is done for the season with a torn left pectoral muscle.

Rookie Jon Bostic will take over at middle linebacker, likely as a two-down player who exits the field on passing downs. Williams, 31, made four starts after returning from a preseason calf injury, recording 27 tackles and a forced fumble. It's a fairly large blow to a Chicago front seven that got pushed around and embarrassed by Brandon Jacobs on Thursday night. The Bears' defense will be one to target for fantasy running game matchups moving forward. They face the Redskins in Week 7.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 03:13:00 PM

Coach Marc Trestman stated Friday that MLB D.J. Williams (pectoral) may be lost for the season.

Brandon Jacobs put Williams out of commission in Thursday night's game. The Bears' top backup middle linebacker is second-round rookie Jon Bostic.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 01:37:00 PM

Bears MLB D.J. Williams was forced from Thursday's game against the Giants with a chest injury, and will not return.

Williams got rocked by 265-pound "running back" Brandon Jacobs. Jon Bostic is now in the game at middle linebacker for Chicago. Williams will have 10 days to get healthy for Week 7.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 10:45:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune expects MLB D.J. Williams (calf) to start Sunday against the Bengals.

Williams returned to practice this week after missing the entire preseason with a calf injury. He'll likely get the start based on his veteran experience, but rookie Jon Bostic has been playing with the first-team defense throughout August and could rotate in. We'd avoid this situation in Week 1 IDP lineups.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Bears LB D.J. Williams (calf) returned to practice Monday.

Williams missed all of training camp after straining the calf on July 31. In the meantime, he also lost his starting job to second-round pick Jon Bostic.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 05:02:00 PM

Bears MLB D.J. Williams (calf) could return to practice next week.

Williams hasn't practiced since July 31 and will miss the entire preseason due to a calf injury. When healthy, he'll likely return in a backup role to second-round rookie Jon Bostic.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Bears MLB D.J. Williams (calf) is listed as week to week.

Williams, who was slated to open the season in Brian Urlacher's shoes, went down during Wednesday's practice. It's a chance for second-round rookie MLB Jon Bostic to get some run with the starters.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 12:31:00 PM

The Bears plan to start D.J. Williams at middle linebacker.

Williams told the Chicago Sun Times that the Bears approached him with two plans before signing him. The two plans hinged on whether Brian Urlacher remained with the team. With Urlacher gone, Williams will man the middle and play an every-down role for the Bears. He'll be a strong LB2 option in IDP leagues.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 12:01:00 PM

Bears MLB D.J. Williams' one-year contract is heavily incentive laden and contains no guaranteed money.

The contract was structured smartly by GM Phil Emery, who is taking no risks on a player suspended twice last year. Williams got no signing bonus. His base salary of $900,000 is triggered only if he makes the 53-man roster. The deal can reach $1.75 million in max worth, but $100,000 is tied to offseason workout participation and another $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 02:46:00 PM

The Chicago Sun Times confirms the Bears are projecting D.J. Williams as their new starting middle linebacker.

He theoretically has big shoes to fill as Brian Urlacher's successor, although those shoes grew smaller (and easier to replace) as Urlacher fell off a cliff in 2012. Williams turns 31 in July. Two suspensions -- one for PEDs and another for a DUI -- limited Williams to 160 snaps last season. Pro Football Focus still graded Williams as effective both in pass coverage and versus the run.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 12:45:00 AM

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