LB Williams shows “improvement,” but could he start Week 1?

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D.J. Williams hasn’t practiced since his July 31 calf strain, but still could early next week. And that might be enough to earn him the starting nod Week 1.

The Bears’ middle linebacker is “getting more work,” coach Marc Trestman said Tuesday at Halas Hall. He was noncommittal when asked Williams’ chances of starting in 11 days.

“He’s got four or five days before our first day of practice on Monday,” he said. “So we’ll see how it is at that point in time.

“I can’t answer the question other than there’s improvement there. Talking to him, he’s certainly positive that he can be ready. Players are always that way. They are, and they should be.

“We’ll see. I’m encouraged, but we don’t know at this time.”

Rookie Jon Bostic has starred at camp in Williams’ place; it’d be surprising for Williams to get the nod after not playing for what would be more than one month.

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