Bears might turn to other options at LB besides rookie Khaseem Greene
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter October 28, 2013 10:45PM
Updated: December 1, 2013 7:41AM
Rookie Khaseem Greene is first in line to replace injured weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. But coach Marc Trestman has left open the possibility that Blake Costanzo or another veteran might be a better option.
The 6-1, 241-pound Greene, a fourth-round draft pick from Rutgers, is considered a long-term solution at linebacker. But rookie Jon Bostic will be starting his second game at middle linebacker in place of injured D.J. Williams, and two rookie linebackers against Aaron Rodgers could be problematic.
That’s why Trestman also is considering Costanzo and Jerry Franklin for Briggs’ spot. Briggs is out at least six weeks with a fractured shoulder.
‘‘Khaseem will certainly get a very good look — and we’ve got Jerry and we’ve got Blake,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘And we just brought [Larry] Grant. But we’ll start with Khaseem and see how the week goes.’’
Greene, the Big East defensive player of the year in 2011 and 2012, averaged 10 tackles a game, with 12 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and six forced fumbles for Rutgers last season.
‘‘That is what one day we all look forward to doing — being starters in the NFL,’’ Greene said. ‘‘I’ve only played one snap of defense this year and just having the opportunity to maybe get out there and be a starter and play way more snaps is enough in itself to be fired up.
‘‘But I’ve got to stay calm, trust the defense and trust the scheme and then build some confidence in my teammates so they know I can actually compete.’’