Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/14/12

It was reported last week that J'Marcus Webb was running away with in the Chicago Bears position battle for starting left tackle. Following the first preseason game, that may no longer be the case.

Most first team players played just a series or two to open the preseason. Webb, however, was still in the game come the fourth quarter.

"I have trouble sleeping at night until I know that our quarterback is protected," Chicago offensive coordinator Mike Tice said

He kept Webb in the game because he felt he performed poorly, while Chris Williams, the challenger for the starting gig performed well in the loss.

Neither player has blown Tice away at this point into training camp, but both will get an opportunity to prove their worth against Brian Orakpo in Saturday's preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

Orakpo has compiled 28½ sacks in his last three seasons.

"It's very important, if you're going to be real about the situation, that both guys get an opportunity to go against 98," Tice said.

In fact, it's not just these two. The entire offensive line is expected to play well into the game. Tice wants quarterback Jay Cutler protected, and will work the line until he is.

Tice said after the game that there was no message being sent to Webb, who played 41 of 49 snaps. He just wants him to play better football.

"We're going to make sure we continue to see who's going to emerge," he said.

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