Briggs to practice; back for Philadelphia?

Briggs to practice; back for Philadelphia?

December 16, 2013, 3:30 pm
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It’s not an official injury designation, and no final decision will be made until Friday. But the Bears got some good news on Monday when coach Marc Trestman upgraded linebacker Lance Briggs from “week-to-week” to “day-to-day,” making him a strong possibility to have back next Sunday night when the Bears visit the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Briggs has been week-to-week for the last several as he recovers from a fractured shoulder suffered in the Washington loss. When middle linebacker D.J. Williams was week-to-week with a calf injury in training camp, he was out for the entire preseason.

But Briggs began limited practice over the past week, and “Lance will practice this week,” Trestman confirmed. “It’s going to be day to day. I’m reasonable optimistic, but it’s going to be through the three days of practice before a decision’s made. He’ll start practicing on Wednesday, make the decision of Friday.”

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The Bears’ defense was allowing 117.3 rushing yards per game at the time of Briggs’ exit from the lineup. It was allowing 157 going into Cleveland and now stands at 152.4 per game, 20 yards worse than 31st-ranked New England.