Chicago Bears starting outside linebacker Lance Briggs will miss at least the next month of games after leaving Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins with an injury.
According to a report from Pro Football Talk, Briggs suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.
The news of Briggs absence comes a week after the Bears lost starting middle linebacker D.J. Williams for the season.
Briggs was the leading tackler for the Bears this season. On the season, Briggs compiled 64 tackles in addition to 2 sacks.
Briggs’ injury on Sunday was overshadowed by the injury to starting quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler’s status is expected to be revealed Monday afternoon but the expectation is that the news will not be good.
In the game on Sunday, veteran linebacker Blake Costanzo replaced Briggs in the lineup. Costanzo is known for his contributions to the Bears special teams unit. Meaning if Costanzo were to be the replacement to Briggs at the outside linebacker position, it would stand to reason that the Bears special teams unit–which has struggled this season–will take a step back. Rookie linebacker Khaseem Greene is also a possibility to replace Briggs.
On the team’s official depth chart, Greene is listed as the backup to Briggs.