LAKE FOREST – Veteran defensive end Chauncey Davis would have been happy with any opportunity to return to the NFL.
When it turned out to be the Bears who offered him a job, he was thrilled.
“It’s very exciting, especially a defense of this caliber,” Davis said. “The way they play is the same way I play: Get off and attack. To be a part of this defense makes me feel real good.”
Davis wore No. 94 on Wednesday as he participated in his first practice at Halas Hall. He signed a two-year deal with the Bears on Monday, replacing defensive end Nick Reed.
In six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Davis registered 10 sacks, eight fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. He started 25 of the 96 games he played.
The 28-year-old Florida State alum said he expected to adapt quickly to his new team.
“It shouldn’t take long,” Davis said. “I’ve been in this game. I know what it takes to get to where you need to be. I’ve just got to get out there and get some reps.”
Step right up: All signs pointed to Edwin Williams starting at left guard for the Bears on Sunday in place of Chris Williams, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury in Week 10.
Edwin Williams practiced with the first team during the portion of Wednesday’s practice that was open to the media.
Bears coach Lovie Smith said Williams was a capable replacement. Williams started two games for the Bears last season before he returned to a backup role.
“During the course of the year, your number eventually will be called again,” Smith said. “This is his next chance, and I know he’s excited, and we feel comfortable putting him out there. He finished up the game last week in pretty good shape.”
Scoring change: After reviewing game film from Sunday’s win against Detroit, the Bears announced that Henry Melton had received credit for a sack instead of Anthony Adams.
Melton playfully teased Adams after hearing the news.
“It’s mine!” he said with a smile.
A reporter asked Melton how it felt to get a sack on a Wednesday.
“It feels good,” Melton said. “I might do a dance now.”
Bears bits: Bears kick returner Devin Hester was named the NFC special teams player of the week for the third time this season and the 12th time in his career. … Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (knee) was held out of practice but should be fine for Sunday. … The Bears placed safety Anthony Walters on injured reserve and re-signed safety Winston Venable.