Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs return solidifying defense

12/20/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsLinebacker Lance Briggs is a Bears player with 10 seasons with the team. He has had many good seasons with them but this is the first time that he had to be out of the games for so much time. In 2007 he missed two games when he had a minor hamstring and hip injury. In 2009 he had an ankle sprain which forced him to sit out a game. In 2010 he again had an ankle sprain which made him miss a game but apart from small time issues, he didn’t have to miss much of any game.
 
When the Bears faced the Washington Redskins on October 20, he had only missed 4 games and had played a total of 169 regular season and postseason games. But after sustaining a fracture in the left shoulder in Week 7 against the Washington Redskins that led to sitting out seven games, Briggs definitely felt missing the game.
 
"As a football player, it's just feeling helpless not being able to do anything," Briggs said. "Not able to run, not able to lift, not able to do anything but just heal. Let your body heal itself. And that has been kind of tough."
 
Briggs has been given the go ahead to go back in the game and will be playing the game on against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He was in practice on Thursday and seemed to be headed towards a speedy comeback.
 
Bears coach Marc Trestman said that Briggs was doing well and had a good feeling towards his return.
 
"It looks like we're moving in the right direction," Trestman said. "I stand by being optimistic. But you always have to be cautiously optimistic because you don't know what the next day is going to bring."
 
But Briggs wasn’t the same energetic self that he used to be on Thursday and still lacked a bit of the flare that he always brought with him. When asked if he was recovering well from the downtime and after missing such a big portion of the game would be back as the solid player he was against the Eagles, he said the match would tell.
 
"It's going to be strap it on and see what happens," Briggs said. "I've been playing football for a long time and it just so happens that we're going against a team that runs 80 plays per game (actually 66) offensively. So that'll be interesting."
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