Lance Briggs not ready to play against Cowboys
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter December 5, 2013 9:58PM
Updated: January 7, 2014 6:44AM
While Jay Cutler returned to practice Thursday, linebacker Lance Briggs still is in the ‘‘conditioning process’’ of rehabilitation from a fractured shoulder and will not play Monday night against the Cowboys.
Briggs is making progress with the injury he suffered on Oct. 20 against the Redskins at FedEx Field, but coach Marc Trestman said Monday ‘‘there’s no chance that Lance will play this week.’’
When Briggs suffered the injury, the Bears estimated he would miss ‘‘around six weeks.’’ He is into his seventh and has missed the last five games.
The Bears have dropped from 19th to 32nd in rushing defense since Briggs’ injury — though they also have been without Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman for the last three games.
‘‘[Briggs is] in the conditioning process. He ran quite a bit today,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘He’ll see the doctors early next week and we’ll see where he’s at.’’
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall (quadriceps) did not practice Thursday. Safeties Major Wright (hamstring) and Anthony Walters (groin) were limited. Guard Kyle Long, who suffered an ankle injury against the Vikings, had full participation in practice.
For the Cowboys, cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring) and wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris (hamstring) did not practice.
Linebacker Sean Lee, who leads the Cowboys in tackles (115) despite missing most of the last three games with a hamstring injury, is expected to play.
In Rod he trusts
Several Bears will be looking forward to catching up with Rod Marinelli, the former Bears defensive line guru who turned down an offer to be Trestman’s defensive coordinator to coach the defensive line for the Cowboys.
First in line might be defensive tackle Landon Cohen, who was drafted by the Lions when Marinelli was their coach in 2008. Cohen played one season for Marinelli with the Lions and opened this season with him in Dallas before he was waived and signed by the Bears.
‘‘Hopefully he comes out [before the game] so I can give him a big hug and tell him thank you for what he’s done for me,’’ said Cohen, who has started three games for the Bears. ‘‘I love coach Marinelli to death. He drafted me in Detroit. He’s one of the most real men I’ve ever met.’’