Briggs’ status still up in air for Bears
The status of injured Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will
remain uncertain until just before game time Sunday night against
the Philadelphia Eagles.
Briggs is questionable for Sunday’s game, although all
indications are he’ll be able to play. On Friday Briggs went
through his first full practice since fracturing his left shoulder
Oct. 20. Briggs practiced Wednesday and Thursday on a limited
”I’m very optimistic,” coach Marc Trestman said Friday.
”Again, he practiced for three days. He’s been cleared by the
”We’ll see where he’s at. But I wouldn’t want to say that he’s
gonna play, he’s gonna start. I think that’s still 48 hours
Rookie Khaseem Greene has played in Briggs’ weak side linebacker
spot since the injury occurred. Briggs is the defense’s signal
caller, so team’s hope is getting him back could restore some
stability to a defense ranked last in the league against the
”I think No. 1 he’s an emotional leader,” Trestman said.
”He’s a tremendous football player. He’s been out of it for a
while. There may be some rust, there may not be. We’ll see how it
During an eight-game period starting with Briggs’ injury, the
Bears have given up 190.2 yards rushing per game. Prior to his
injury, they allowed 102 yards rushing per game.
Other factors have also been involved, such as season-ending
injuries to defensive tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins, middle
linebacker D.J. Williams and cornerback Charles Tillman.
The Bears will be facing the league’s top rushing offense and
NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy Sunday.
Briggs did not comment Friday on his status, but Thursday said
he thinks he can make a difference with his tackling ability.
”I like to think I’m a guy who’s going to get in his gap and
when the opportunity’s there, try to make it,” he said.
”Hopefully I can help the team. I don’t want to get out there and
”But at this point right now, these last couple games, the
defense has been playing better and better.”
The Bears defense held Cleveland to 93 yards rushing last week
and only 17 of the Browns’ 31 points came against the defense.
”That’s something to continue to build on,” Briggs said.