The Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs left Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins due to an ankle injury. Briggs was out by the end of the first quarter and did not return. Brian Iwuh replaced him at linebacker.
The team has said that Briggs’ return is questionable. However, Briggs will use the Bears’ bye week to rest and get healthy for a possible return in the game against the Buffalo Bills, which are my Week 8 pick to cover the NFL spread against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Originally, Pro Bowl linebacker Briggs suffered the injury in the 23-6 victory over the Carolina Panthers and missed the Week 6 game against the Seattle Seahawks, but he had practiced twice last week to start against the Redskins.
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said the defense had played well despite the absence of their emotional leader. For its part, Brian Iwuh forced the Washington Redskins quarterback, Donovan McNabb, to fumble the ball in the second half of Sunday’s game, in which Iwuh finished with three tackles and his first career sack.
“Iwuh was ready to play,” Urlacher said. “He knows the defense and he knows what he’s supposed to do. We want Lance out there, but he couldn’t go, so Iwuh jumped in there and did a good job.”
Briggs has started in six games this season with 33 tackles and one sack. The Bears clearly were missing Lance in the match against the Seahawks and in yesterday’s game, in which the Chicago Bears added their second and third defeat of the season.
“With Lance, that guy can pop the ball out at any time,” linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa said. “He can get an interception at any time, a big sack, cause a turnover or cause a fumble. Lance loves the game with a passion. And so when he’s out there, it doesn’t matter what the score is, he’ll always find something to kind of lift the team up. We kind of missed some of that.”