Lance Briggs Injury: Updates on Bears LB's Shoulder and Return
Updates from Friday, Dec. 20
From Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times:
From ESPN's Jeff Dickerson:
Much will depend on how Briggs feels Sunday. Trestman optimistic.— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) December 20, 2013
Updates from Thursday, Dec. 19
Lance Briggs was back with the Bears' first-unit defense during Wednesday’s practice at the Walter Payton Center in Lake Forest. But Briggs remained a limited participant as he continues working back from a small fracture in his left shoulder that has kept him out of game action since Oct. 20.
“We’ll see where he is,” Trestman said. “It’s still day-to-day. Like I said the other day, I’m optimistic he’ll play. How much? We’ll see how he feels. I’ll be able to better answer that question after Friday’s practice. And it may even go into Sunday. But he did get some work today. And I talked to him afterward and he said he felt pretty good.”
Briggs talked about his health and the chances of him making a return (via Bears sideline reporter Zach Zaidman):
Lance Briggs admits there was some talk of him going on IR behind the scenes.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) December 19, 2013
Lance Briggs says as soon as the doctors clear him he will play.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) December 19, 2013
#Bears LB Lance Briggs on if he'll play Sunday: "We'll find out soon."— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) December 19, 2013
Lance Briggs: "Hopefully, I can help the team. I don't want to get out there and hurt us."— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) December 19, 2013
Updates for Thursday, Dec. 12
From Zach Zaidman of CBS 2 in Chicago:
Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times had more on Briggs' status:
Lance Briggs is getting better but Marc Trestman isn’t anymore optimistic than he was yesterday about him playing Sunday. #Bears— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) December 12, 2013
Updates for Wednesday, Dec. 11
Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times provides a statement from Briggs discussing his recovery and potential return to the field:
Lance Briggs’ fractured left shoulder was evaluated by team doctors Tuesday, but he wasn’t cleared to play, the linebacker told the Sun-Times.
“I have to be able to defend myself on the football field,” he said. “If I can’t do that, then they won’t clear me.”
Briggs wouldn’t rule out playing Sunday in Cleveland, but he said his next evaluation will come in “another couple days,” which makes his participation seem unlikely. He hopes to return before the end of the year, at least.
“The thing about it is, I understand why I haven’t been cleared,” said Briggs, who was promoting Best Buy’s Ultimate Gamer Showdown video game tournament in Old Town. “Being a linebacker on the field, it’s violent. You have to tackle. You have to take on a lot of people. If at any point you deal with the shoulder, which you use all the time, you risk setting yourself back.”
Marc Trestman commented on Briggs status following practices (via Finley):
Trestman is "not optimistic" about Lance Briggs playing Sunday.— patrick finley (@patrickfinley) December 11, 2013
Updates for Thursday, Dec. 5
Chicago Bears sideline reporter Zach Zaidman posted a photo of Lance Briggs attending practice, though Briggs later revealed he did not participate:
Lance Briggs says he did not practice today.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) December 5, 2013
After practice Briggs' status for Week 14 was confirmed according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago:
Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs both ruled out for Monday vs. #Cowboys, per Marc Trestman.— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) December 5, 2013
Nick Wilder of CSNChicago.com provides a statement from Lance Briggs discussing his injury and potential return:
“The way injuries go, the doctors said I’m supposed to be out 4-6 weeks,” Briggs said. “I feel more like I’ll be out 2-3 (weeks). We’ll meet somewhere in the middle.”
“I think the roughest part for me was when I went down and the guy was laying on me and my arm was separated," Briggs said. "When I stood up I kind of knew something was wrong. I tried to get it taped up and come back out, but right before I was trying to come back on the field, I couldn’t put my helmet on. If I can’t put my helmet on, I don’t need to be out on the field.”
Chicago Bears star linebacker Lance Briggs suffered a fracture in his shoulder against the Washington Redskins in Week 7 and is expected to be out of commission for at least six weeks, the team confirmed.
Pro Football Talk first reported Lance Briggs would be sidelined for four-to-six weeks, but will not require surgery on ailing shoulder.
Bears LB Lance Briggs out 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury, per league source. No surgery needed.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 21, 2013
Briggs has been instrumental to the Chicago defense in 2013, and his absence will be tough for the Bears to overcome. On top of the 64 tackles and two forced fumbles he recorded over the first seven games, the 11-year veteran serves as a leader both in the locker room and on the field.
The 32-year-old veteran suffered the injury on a routine play with 5:57 remaining the third quarter, as he attempted to shed a block from Washington tight end Logan Paulsen’s block and get to quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Teammate Jon Bostic, who made the tackle on RGIII on the play, had this to say about the Bears’ dismal performance once Briggs went off, as per Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune: "Obviously we miss Lance as a playmaker, his experience. He's a guy who's played here at a high level for a long time. We could have used him."
The Bears boast one of the most opportunistic defenses in the league, but will be hard-pressed to maintain that level of excellence without Briggs in the lineup.
Chicago conceded 234 yards and three touchdowns in the 27 plays that Briggs was absent in the team's Week 7 matchup, as per Wiederer.
Bostic—the rookie linebacker that saw his first significant NFL action in Week 7—will have to take on an even bigger role within the defense.
The second-round pick was filling in for linebacker D.J. Williams—who went down for the season after rupturing a pectoral tendon in Week 6—and now will be counted on to play nearly every single down until Briggs returns.
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