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According to CBS Chicago's Adam Hoge, Marc Trestman is "reasonably optimistic" that Lance Briggs will play versus the Eagles, though the decision won’t be made until Friday.
“He worked today. Looked good,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said via Hoge. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow, but I would still have to say he’s questionable, but we’re reasonably optimistic that he’ll be playing.”
With Briggs back in the lineup, there’s hope to slow down Philadelphia’s running attack. In recent weeks, the Bears' biggest issue in stopping the run has been the linebackers’ inability to shed blocks. This is an area where Briggs excels. In his seven games this year, by Pro Football Focus' (subscription required) count, he produced 28 stops (solo tackles accounting for an offensive failure) not including his two sacks.
The chart below shows how that number stacks up against the active linebackers. Note that sacks have been subtracted from the number of stops to better represent impact in run defense. Also, the number of plays represents only plays in run defense, though the number of stops could include passing plays, like screen passes or checkdowns.