Making a Case

CHICAGO -- Steve Edwards likes this starting thing. He started Sunday for the second time this season. Edwards filled in for the injured Ruben Brown at left guard in the 13-10 loss to Washington at Soldier Field.

Edwards, who started in place of Mike Gandy against the Vikings in Week 3, said he didn't know he was starting until just before kickoff.

"It was nice to get back out at left guard," said Edwards, who started all 16 games at the position last season. "It was fun to get back out there. It doesn't really matter where I play ... I'm comfortable anywhere, but that's my spot."

In training camp, Edwards knew he was on the bubble of making the roster. The former undrafted free agent figured the best way to prove himself to coaches was by playing anywhere on the offensive line. Edwards played tackle in college at Central Florida.

"I jumped offsides in the first half and did a few things I need to correct, but in the second half we were able to run the ball (better)," Edwards said.

Edwards came out of the game late and was replaced by Terrence Metcalf for one play. He laughed when asked for the reason.

"It doesn't sound too tough, but I lost a contact," he said.

There is a chance Brown will not be ready Sunday, when the Bears travel to Tampa Bay, meaning Edwards could have another start in his future.

At the very least he's proven to be a valuable swingman for the offensive line.

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