Lance Briggs hopes to cut his rehab time in half

Getty Images

Quarterback Jay Cutler isn’t the only injured Bear who thinks he’s ahead of schedule.

Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who was expected to miss four to six weeks with a shoulder injury, said he might cut those numbers in half.

“The way injuries go, the doctors said I’m supposed to be out 4-6 weeks,” Briggs said during his weekly television show on Comcast (via “I feel more like I’ll be out 2-3 [weeks]. We’ll meet somewhere in the middle.”

Briggs was injured in the third quarter against the Redskins, and said it didn’t take long for him to realize the seriousness of the injury.

“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.”

The Bears need all the help they can get on defense at the moment, and getting Briggs back in half the time he expected would be a bonus.