Briggs to play against the Eagles, team happy to have him back

12/19/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsChicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is one of those players in the team who has the respect of a veteran not only through years but through his game and consistency. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall said that he wouldn’t be one to question Briggs even if he was calling the shots at the offense. To say why, he simply said that he had enough past to show that he knew better.
 
“His history says enough,” Marshall said.
 
Briggs sustained an injured left shoulder against the Washington Redskins on October 20 and after that had been out for seven games, recovering from the injury. On Wednesday he was back in practice, participating in some of the activities and was on the first-team defense. Bears coach Marc Trestman said that it was very likely that Briggs would be ready to go on Sunday night against the Eagles.
 
The Eagles aren’t the best team for a linebacker to return after almost two months out of the game recovering from an injury. They have their running back LeSean McCoy who has managed to make the Eagles game one of the best in the entire league and their overall offense is well maintained too. The Bears on the other hand don’t have a good defense but that has not been the case for the past couple of weeks. They have managed to contain quite a few dangerous running backs such as Dez Bryant and Josh Gordon, so they do give a promise that they can do something about McCoy too. And with the return of Briggs, they will have just the player they need to get the defense even better and up to par with the offense of Eagles.
 
Briggs was thought to return within six weeks at first. But now it seems that he will be back as all signs suggest that he is fit to go. Briggs said that he would talk to the reporters on Thursday but the team was quick to come forward and give their opinion on his return.
 
Bears linebacker James Anderson said that return of Briggs would be an excellent reinforcement to the defense.
 
“It would be a huge help for our defense, getting one of our leaders back,” he said.
 
Safety Chris Conte said that Briggs would be the final piece of the puzzle to get the defense back into proper action.
 
“He definitely brings an energy and a feeling back to the defense that might have been missing,” he said. “It’s a good time to have him back and make this [playoff] push.”
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