The Bears were back at work Monday after two days off following a solid performance — especially from the first-team players — against the Oakland Raiders.
And linebacker D.J. Williams was included.
Williams, who has been sidelined for weeks with a strained right calf, stretched with his teammates (something he hasn’t done since he suffered his injury) at the Walter Payton Center and was active during some individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media.
Rookie Jon Bostic remains the likely Week 1 starter at middle linebacker. Williams’ wasn’t wearing his helmet or pads. But Williams is considered day-to-day right now after being week-to-week.
Offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (right knee) also took part in stretches, but didn’t participate during the rest of practice.
Defensive tackle Henry Melton (concussion) could be seen jogging and stretching, and coach Marc Trestman said he’s in the “running” stage of his recovery. Trestman said receiver Earl Bennett (concussion), who also attended practice, is considered day-to-day.
Defensive end Cheta Ozougwu (hamstring) returned to practice, while running back Armando Allen (hamstring) was also in full pads after sitting out against the Raiders. Long snapper Patrick Mannelly (ribs) also took part on a limited basis.
As far as others, defensive tackle Corvey Irvin (ankle), quarterback Matt Blanchard (broken left hand), cornerback Zack Bowman (tight hamstring) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (tight hamstring) sat out.