Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs was spotted in the locker room wearing a walking boot after the team's key 28-10 home victory over NFC North rival Minnesota. The extent of his apparent foot injury has yet to be determined since the 10-year veteran did not leave Sunday's game.
UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Alex Kay
Briggs can be expected to play in Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, as he wasn't named on the Bears' inactive list released prior to the contest by Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago.
Bears inactives are J McCown, A Jeffery, D Hester, D Moore, C Spencer, M Toeaina, C Ozougwu— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) December 2, 2012
We expect he'll make his usual impact and shouldn't be hindered by the ankle injury suffered against the Vikings.
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UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 8:02 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to Pro Football Talk, Briggs' injury doesn't appear to be serious:
Per source, Bears LB Lance Briggs had boot on foot due to ankle injury.It's not believed to be serious for now.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 26, 2012
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Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times noticed the discouraging development after the Bears' win in Soldier Field:
Lance Briggs leaving the locker room with a boot on his right foot. #Bears— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) November 25, 2012
Briggs has enjoyed a stellar season as a key cog of Chicago's outstanding defense, which has largely driven the team to an 8-3 record. He defined an important defensive stand against the Vikings, lighting up emerging tight end Kyle Rudolph on a third-down play to keep the opposition out of the end zone.
The loss of Briggs for any extended amount of time would be difficult for the Bears to overcome, as he and Brian Urlacher are two of the most important leaders on the team's defensive unit. A seven-time Pro Bowler, Briggs has never played fewer than 14 games in any of his NFL seasons, which shows just how tough he is playing the type of physical style he does.
A foot injury is somewhat discouraging, since Briggs isn't getting any younger and must make up for any speed he has lost with his high football IQ.
But having to gut through an injury that currently requires a boot may be too much to overcome, particularly since he is counted on to stay in front of shifty running backs and keep up with dynamic playmakers in man-to-man coverage.
In any event, it was another dominating performance by the Bears D, and it will certainly hope to have Briggs in the fold moving forward.
More updates will be available as more information comes to light about Briggs' unfortunate injury.