The Chicago Bears got their quarterback of the offense back on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, next Sunday, the Bears hope to get their quarterback of the defense back.
Bears weak side linebacker Lance Briggs was limited in practice on Wednesday while seeing reps with the first team. After practice, Bears head coach Marc Trestman expressed his optimism over the idea of Briggs returning on Sunday to play against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“It’s still day-to-day,” Trestman said. “I’m optimistic he’ll play. How much? We’ll see how he feels. I’d be better to answer that question after Friday’s practice, maybe even going into Sunday. But he did get some work today and I talked to him after he said he felt pretty good so we’ll see where he is tomorrow.” -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Briggs did not meet with reporters on Wednesday, but the linebacker is expected to address the media on Thursday.
That being said, Briggs’ status for the Bears game on Sunday against the Eagles will likely be revealed on Friday.
If Briggs does return to the Bears defense on Sunday, the linebacker would provide much needed help for a defense that has struggled in his absence. Opposing teams were rushing for a little over 100 yards against the Bears before Briggs fractured his shoulder in an October game against the Washington Redskins. A number that has jumped to a little over 150 yards per game since Briggs has been sidelined.
On the season, Briggs has recorded 64 combined tackles to go along with 2 forced fumbles and 9 stuffs for a total of 27 yards lost by opposing offenses.
With the Bears facing a formidable rushing attack of the Eagles on Sunday, Briggs’ return could not come at a better time.