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Bears clear Lance Briggs to play

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10:30 AM ET 12.21 | Officially, the Bears are listing linebacker Lance Briggs as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. But nearly nine weeks after Briggs suffered a fracture in his left shoulder during a road loss to the Redskins, team doctors have given the seven-time Pro Bowler full clearance to return. Still, coach Marc Trestman said Friday, Briggs needs to feel confident himself to start and play in Philadelphia. "I want him to feel good about it," Trestman said. "Once you're cleared by doctors, then part of it is 'How are you feeling?'" Briggs declined to speak to reporters after Friday's practice. A day earlier, he was asked when he would know for certain what his playing status would be and he quipped, "No later than Sunday." So now, a game-day decision awaits even with Trestman asserting his unbridled optimism that Briggs will be available in some capacity.

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December 21, 2013  10:41 AM ET

I hope he starts. The D could really use the help.

December 21, 2013  10:43 AM ET

If your thinking of sitting some starters, why take a chance on this guy ?Unless your just gonna let him paly 1 quarter

December 21, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I hope he starts. The D could really use the help.

Couldn't be soon enough. The Beads REALLY missed him. Hope he holds up for the last two games.

December 21, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If your thinking of sitting some starters, why take a chance on this guy ?Unless your just gonna let him paly 1 quarter

Without question he's got some rust on him. Gotta get him into game shape. Practice is one thing, playing in a real game is quite another.

December 21, 2013  03:47 PM ET

Don't rush the guy back, he can actually make a real long term difference.

 
December 21, 2013  11:13 PM ET

I like the way Trestman is handling the Brigg's situation.

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