Briggs' status still up in air for Bears

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm •  Published: December 20, 2013
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The status of injured Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will remain uncertain until just before game time Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Briggs is questionable for Sunday's game, although all indications are he'll be able to play. On Friday Briggs went through his first full practice since fracturing his left shoulder Oct. 20. Briggs practiced Wednesday and Thursday on a limited basis.

"I'm very optimistic," coach Marc Trestman said Friday. "Again, he practiced for three days. He's been cleared by the doctors.

"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."

Rookie Khaseem Greene has played in Briggs' weak side linebacker spot since the injury occurred. Briggs is the defense's signal caller, so team's hope is getting him back could restore some stability to a defense ranked last in the league against the run.

"I think No. 1 he's an emotional leader," Trestman said. "He's a tremendous football player. He's been out of it for a while. There may be some rust, there may not be. We'll see how it goes."

During an eight-game period starting with Briggs' injury, the Bears have given up 190.2 yards rushing per game. Prior to his injury, they allowed 102 yards rushing per game.

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