Lance Briggs will not be taking the field with the Chicago Bears defense on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, but the Bears linebacker is close to returning.
On Friday, after Briggs had back-to-back practices for the first time since suffering a fractured left shoulder injury against the Washngton Redskins, Bears head coach Marc Trestman was optimistic that the veteran linebacker would return for the Bears game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I’d be much more optimistic that that could happen,” coach Marc Trestman said Friday after practice. “He got more work today, and we’ll see how he is the first of the week, but it raises our optimism, certainly.”-Marc Trestman, Chicago Tribune
The Bears game against the Eagles is a week from Sunday on Sunday Night Football. Like Trestman, Briggs is optimistic about playing against the Eagles.
The Bears defense has certainly missed Briggs. While rookie linebackers Khaseem Greene and Jonathan Bostic have showed flashes of impressive play this season, both have struggled in the Bears defense against the run. When Briggs returns, Greene will return to the sidelines while also seeing work as a special teams player.
Sunday’s game against the Browns will be the 7th game this season that Briggs has missed because of his shoulder injury.