Kevin Shaffer comfortable stepping in at right tackle

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 12/03/2009, 09:28am

Chris Williams was told on Wednesday he will be the starting left tackle on Sunday.

Apparently no one has said anything to Kevin Shaffer, but he is the man who is expected to line up at right tackle Sunday against the St. Louis Rams at Soldier Field as Orlando Pace will be sidelined for a little while with a groin muscle injury.

“If that’s the case it’s something I’ve been working for all year, starting with training camp and everything and right tackle’s my position, I’ve been at for the last couple years, so that’d be great,” Shaffer said. “I don’t know what the situation is, I really don’t. I know today I practiced with the ones, but what it is in the future I don’t know.”

The Bears essentially swapped John St. Clair to the Cleveland Browns in free agency for Shaffer, who was released after he refused a pay cut. He had started 79 of the last 80 regular-season games for the Browns and Atlanta Falcons before arriving, and played the last two seasons in Cleveland as the right tackle. Before Pace was signed, it looked like the Bears would line up Shaffer at right tackle and Williams at left tackle.

“Last two years I’ve been at right and it took a little while to adjust, but I like it now, I mean I’ve liked it for the last couple years and now I’m back there now,” Shaffer said.”So left or right doesn’t really matter, but right I feel real comfortable at.”

HELP NEEDED: Newly signed linebacker Cato June figures to pitch in on special teams this Sunday. Jamar Williams is set to replace Lance Briggs (knee) at weak-side linebacker, and that will pull Williams off special teams, creating a need for special teams coordinator Dave Toub. June could have a couple roles on special teams.