Lance Briggs hasn’t been cleared, will be evaluated again this week

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Bears linebacker Lance Briggs went to see the doctor on Tuesday for an examination of his fractured shoulder, but the visit did not result in clearance to return to the field.

That makes it unlikely that Briggs will return to the lineup for the Week 15 game against the Browns, although the linebacker said he’ll be evaluated again in a couple of days so he’s not ruling himself out for Sunday. In order to play, though, Briggs says he needs to feel like he can defend himself on the field and that’s not where he is at this point in his recovery.

“The thing about it is, I understand why I haven’t been cleared,” Briggs said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “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.”

In six games without Briggs, the Bears have allowed 1,220 rushing yards. That pace would make them the worst run defense in history over the course of a 16-game season, which makes the benefit of Briggs’ return obvious even if it wouldn’t solve all the defensive problems in Chicago.

5 responses to “Lance Briggs hasn’t been cleared, will be evaluated again this week

  1. Didn’t he say at first that he was going to beat his timetable by half or something? He’s PAST the initial timetable now.

  2. Not sure I’ve ever seen a run defense look as pitiful as Chicago’s did on Monday night. It’s a real problem when your safeties are making almost every tackle. I guess it really doesn’t matter much considering Detroit is going to win the division but the Bears better hope this guy comes back soon.

  3. Hey johnelwayishorsefaced–you must not have watched the Bears/Vikings game the week. Not sure why anyone ever throws against our defense–our tackling is horrible in the run game.

  4. johnelwayishorsefaced says:
    Dec 11, 2013 10:26 AM
    “… I guess it really doesn’t matter much considering Detroit is going to win the division”

    Right. The Lions were handed the keys to the division, and you know what they did?

    Immediately put it in reverse, careened off the guard rail, and landed in a ditch.

    Yay, little brother!

    You know that saying – “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”…?

    Well, the Lions were that one-eyed man. They were handed the crown, and you know what they did with it? They immediately proceeeded to jam it straight into their own eye, and now they’re stumbling around in the dark, too, blindly feeling their way around, hoping they happen to luckily fall backwards onto the throne before someone else finds their way to it.

    But yeah – Lions pride, baby. Restore the roar(ing laughter).

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