Lance Briggs practices for first time since injury
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter December 12, 2013 10:22PM
More than seven weeks after fracturing his left shoulder, linebacker Lance Briggs practiced, albeit on a limited basis, for the first time Thursday.
But that didn’t boost coach Marc Trestman’s optimism about him playing Sunday in Cleveland.
“It’s day-to-day with him,” Trestman said after practice at the Walter Payton Center. “He got a few reps in practice, and we’ll see where he is [Friday].”
Briggs said he was cleared to practice, which likely means he hasn’t been cleared for games. But Briggs didn’t answer further questions.
“He was running around, and he looked really good,” said rookie Khaseem Greene, who took over Briggs’ starting role at weak-side linebacker after his injury Oct. 20. “For me, that’s awesome.
“That gives me some more to look at, and some ways to try to learn from him.”
Tight end Martellus Bennett compared Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson — who has 112 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one recovery — to 49ers six-time All-Pro Patrick Willis.
Like Jackson, the Browns’ defense is underrated, he said.
“They don’t get a lot of ‘pub’ because they’re in Cleveland,” Bennett said. “But those guys can really play.
“It’ll be a good challenge for our offense this week to go against a really good defense.”
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Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas was limited a second consecutive day with a back injury. Running back Willis McGahee did not participate as he recovers from a concussion, and backup quarterback Brandon Weeden, recovering from a knee injury and a concussion, was a full participant.
Jackson (ankle), defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and tight end Andre Smith (calf) were limited. Offensive lineman John Greco did not participate.
◆ Briggs was the only Bear who was limited and, save for Jay Cutler, the only player on the injury report.