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Chicago Bears won't change offensive line vs. Vikings

After shuffling the offensive line around a few weeks ago, the Bears are expected to keep the same lineup this weekend when they take on the Vikings.


After shuffling around their offensive line last week, the Tribune's Brad Biggs says the Chicago Bears will be going ahead with the same lineup this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings. Injuries forced Gabe Carimi to slide to right guard and Edwin Williams to play at left guard last weekend, and both are expected to start there once again, even though guard Chris Spencer has returned to practice this week.

Offensive coordinator Mike Tice said he was pleased by the way the line performed last weekend, and that the team is going to stick with that lineup for the time being:

"Right now, we don’t anticipate any changes up front," Tice said after practice Wednesday. "We felt like the line played solid football, not necessarily great football but solid football. Anytime with the line you want to have the same guys in there, so there’s no sense at this point of the week making any drastic changes and just trying to keep building on some of the things we’ve done the last two weeks."

The Bears' offensive line has struggled for much of the season, so sticking with a combination that performed fairly well against the Seahawks seems like the sensible thing to do. The Bears have allowed 35 sacks so far this season, but Jay Cutler has only gone down twice in the past two games.