Chicago Bears weak side linebacker Lance Briggs will likely make his return for the Chicago Bears on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after missing the team’s previous seven games with a fractured shoulder.
On Friday, Bears head coach Marc Trestman told reporters that Briggs has been cleared to play and will be evaluated on Sunday prior to the game before any final determination is made.
“I’m very optimistic,” Trestman said. “He practiced for three days. He’s been cleared by the doctors. We’ll list him as questionable up until game time. He’ll work out before the game, and we’ll see where he’s at. But I wouldn’t want to say that he’s gonna play, he’s gonna start. I think that’s still 48 hours away. But certainly we began the week fully optimistic [and are] even more now since he’s been cleared by the doctors.”-Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Needless to the say, it would certainly be a surprise if Briggs is not on the field with the Bears defense on Sunday.
Some have attempted to downplay the impact that Briggs will have in his return. That is non-sense. The reason for the skepticism is that Briggs is returning after missing seven games, meaning it would be unrealistic to expect the veteran linebacker to make a great impact on Sunday. As true as that maybe, the veteran presence of Briggs alone will be enough to improve the Bears defense. Upon his return, Briggs will be the play-caller for the Bears defense once again. Middle linebacker Jonathan Bostic had been responsible for the play-calling in Briggs’ absence.
Sunday will mark the first game for Briggs since October 20.