Jordan Mills’ position shift is not to be — at least not now.
The second-year player will stay at right tackle for the Bears’ game at Green Bay on Sunday night, Bears coach Marc Trestman said Friday. The team had told Mills to study the guard position during the bye week; he practiced at the spot earlier this week.
Michael Ola, who started for Mills in Week 8, will move back to guard to replace Matt Slauson, who suffered a torn right pectoral muscle against the Patriots.
“We think that’s in the best interests of our team right now,” Trestman said. “Michael has moved around. Jordan has been in that position for a long time and he’s healthy and ready to go and has played well.”
Mills said playing guard took time.
“It’s like normal things — when a baby starts his first steps of walking or they learn how to ride a bike, they start off a little shaky,” Mills said. “But throughout practice or time, they start walking, or the training wheels come off. It was fine. I just gotta keep working at it.”
Learning in the middle of the season “has its challenges,” Mills said.
Offensive line coach Pat Meyer said the team viewed his move to guard as a “promotion” for Mills, and something “we can maybe entertain” later.
“It looked good,” he said. “In the middle of the season, it’s hard. It’d be different if we had a week of practice during the bye week.”