The cascade of bad news washing over the Bears’ defense reached a new level with linebacker Lance Briggs out at least six weeks with a small tear in his left shoulder from the Bears’ 45-41 loss on Sunday to the Washington Redskins.
The news will leave the Bears without two linebackers and two of their top three defensive tackles from the unit that began the season just seven weeks ago.
Briggs went out in the third quarter with the Bears drawing even at 24-24. Washington scored touchdowns on three of their five second-half possessions.
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The loss of Briggs takes away the co-captain of the defense and the one responsible for relaying calls as well as positioning.
Since the start of the season the Bears have lost:
DT Henry Melton IR, knee
DT Nate Collins IR, knee
MLB D.J. Williams IR, chest
That does not include starting cornerback Charles Tillman, who has been unable to finish the last several games because of nagging groin and knee injuries.