Roberto Garza had torn meniscus

Updated: October 20, 2010, 5:19 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears guard Roberto Garza played three weeks through the pain of a torn meniscus, prior to electing to have surgery last week to repair the injury, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice.

In outlining some of the struggles the club continues to fight up front, Tice mentioned Garza's injury.

"Roberto -- which you guys didn't know because we didn't tell you -- sucked it up for three weeks with a torn meniscus, right in half, right?" Tice said. "Now I'm not gonna announce three weeks before he got the surgery, 'Hey, you know he's been playing with a bad leg.' That's not my business, but that's kind of the deal."

Bears coach Lovie Smith announced last week Garza would undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, but didn't disclose the extent of the lineman's injury. Tice's revelation on Wednesday gave the first glimpse into the severity of Garza's injury.

Garza appeared to struggle with the injury in the Bears' win against Green Bay, and the veteran missed practice time leading into the next week because to rest the injured knee.

Having undergone arthroscopic surgery last week, Garza is expected to be out at least the next two weeks. In his absence, Chris Williams -- normally the starter at left tackle -- is expected to start against the Washington Redskins for the second consecutive week in Garza's spot.

"I have to have patience," Tice said. "We've got to clean some things up. We're excited we're gonna start the same five guys two weeks in a row."

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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