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Briggs placed on IR, possibly done in Chicago

The Chicago Bears placed linebacker Lance Briggs on injured reserve on Friday after a groin injury suffered against the Buccaneers almost a week ago.

This move effectively ends the season for Briggs and quite possibly his career as a Bear since he’s nearing the end of a tumultuous contract year.

The 34-year-old linebacker missed time earlier this season due to another injury, offered pessimistic comments about returning next year, and also admitted to experiencing lapses in attention during team meetings.

Despite internal drama, Briggs was mildly productive and totaled 35 tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble in eight starts this season.

There is no word on if Briggs will retire or enter free agency, but given his clashes with coaches, it’s fair to say that the sun has set on his time Chicago.

Briggs’ last contract agreement in Chicago was an extension he signed back in 2012 which pays him just over four million annually and ends this year..

If the Bears opt to give him an offer, it may mirror the small amount that was served up to retired star Brian Urlacher. And it seems that one year for about 3 million wouldn’t be very appealing to Briggs at this point in his career.

Despite the sour times he’s had in the Trestman era, fans should pay homage to one of the best linebackers in Bears history.

Briggs is fifth all-time among Bears linebackers in career starts with 172, and has notched 1,564 tackles, 16 interceptions and 15 sacks. He became a popular name in Chicago because of his forceful hits and excelling as a weak side linebacker in Lovie Smith’s Tampa-2 defensive scheme.

Briggs will never receive enough praise for his ability to complete a once dominant defense that featured Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, Mike Brown, and Tommie Harris during their prime.

The potential  loss of Briggs officially pushes the Bears into a desperate offseason as they look to rebuild a largely unstable defense.

Ironically, part of this rebuild includes the prospect of adding another linebacker. Whether find one via the draft or free agency,  he will have huge shoes to fill.

 

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