Bears’ Lance Briggs expects to be back sooner
BY MARK POTASH Staff REporter October 30, 2013 4:33PM
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs smiles as he talks with teammates during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: October 30, 2013 4:36PM
Injured Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, expected to miss five games with a broken bone in his shoulder, said he hopes to return sooner than that.
‘‘I’m doing a lot better,’’ he told host Pat Boyle on The Lance Briggs Show on Comcast Sports Net. ‘‘The doctor says I’m going to be [out] 4-6 [weeks]. I feel more like I’m going to be [out] 2-3. We’ll meet somewhere in the middle.’’
Briggs said he also suffered torn ligaments when he was injured against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 20 in Landover, Md. But it’s the broken bone that will keep him out longer.
Briggs said he can do some exercises to rehabilitate the ligament damage, but is limited because his arm is in a sling. But he’s definitely in a hurry to return. Briggs had played in 173 of 177 games since he joined the Bears as a third-round draft pick in 2003.
‘‘I’m going to get it x-rayed each week and see how my bone is recovering,’’ Briggs said. ‘‘As soon as my bone is recovered, I’ll play ball.’’
Briggs said he tried to play after suffering the injury, but could not.
‘‘The roughest part for me was when I waent down and the guy was laying on me and my arm was separated,’’ he said. ‘‘When I stood up I kind of knew something was wrong. I tried to get it taped up and come back out, but ... I couldn’t put my helmet on. When I can’t put my helmet on, I don’t need to be back on the field.’’
Rookie Khaseem Greene is the leading contender to take Briggs’ weakside linebacker spot. Greene would be playing next to another rookie, middle linebacker Jon Bostic, who replaced the injured D.J. Williams against the Redskins.
‘‘It’s improtant for the rookies to understand that while they might be tagged rookies, you can’t be rookies right now,’’ Briggs said. ‘‘You’re professionals and you’re going to have to step up and make plays.
‘‘Just do your job. That’s one thing we haven’t been doing well enough defensively is everyone just doing their job. The defense is effective — it has stood true through the years if everyone does their job. Right now that’s one thing that the rookies must do. Don’t do more than your job. Just do your job and we’ll be fine.’’