Once considered a game-time decision for Thanksgiving in Detroit, linebacker Lance Briggs downgraded himself for the Chicago Bears. The groin injury he suffered against Tampa Bay appears to be more serious than anybody first thought. During his weekly show on Comcast SportsNet he indicated the ailment could keep him out “maybe a few weeks.”
An MRI was taken after the game and should provide a more definitive diagnosis as the game draws near but if Briggs himself is the one offer the hint, that’s a bad sign. The incident occurred when the he attempted to jam Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans on a pass route.
“I think I somehow got locked in on him. I got twerked a little bit and pulled out. It kind of felt like I did the splits. When I fell and tried to get up, I knew something was wrong.”
It’s another sad setback for the 34-year old linebacker. He already missed three games earlier in the season with a rib injury. This only further indicates that the Chicago Bears may be preparing to move on when his contract expires after the season.
Second-year man Jon Bostic will likely replace him during the primary snaps on defense with rookie Christian Jones also lending a hand in passing situations. Both have actually done pretty well in 2015, each posting positive grades in Pro Football Focus. Whether they can replace Briggs’ experience is another problem.
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