Bears LB Lance Briggs defends skipping practice

Bears LB Lance Briggs defends skipping practice
September 3, 2014, 4:30 pm
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CSN Staff

There's been widespread criticism directed towards Bears linebacker Lance Briggs after he skipped Monday's practice to attend the grand opening of his new restaurant, Double Nickel Smokehouse, in California.

The Bears gave Briggs an excused absence to attend his restaurant opening, and his request was granted well in advance by head coach Marc Trestman.

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But the controversy still wouldn't go away on Wednesday afternoon as Briggs was faced with questions from the media at Halas Hall.

“Well, I didn’t make the decision,” Briggs said. “My partner made the decision. But it was Labor Day. And on Labor Day, as you know, most people do not work.

"I asked him [Trestman] for a personal say and he said OK,” he said. “And I guess my announcing the opening of a restaurant has made bigger news than we kind of expected. So it is what it is. Right now we’re on Wednesday, we’re preparing for the Buffalo Bills and implementing the game plan.”