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Injured Lance Briggs says he intends to return sooner than expected

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Updated: October 30, 2013 10:00PM



Injured Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, expected to be out until the game Dec. 9 against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field because of a broken bone in his left shoulder, said he hopes to return sooner than that.

‘‘I’m doing a lot better,’’ he told host Pat Boyle on ‘‘The Lance Briggs Show’’ on Comcast Sports Net. ‘‘The doctor says I’m going to be [out] four to six [weeks]; I feel more like I’m going to be [out] two to three [weeks]. We’ll meet somewhere in the middle.’’

Briggs said he also suffered torn ligaments in the shoulder during the game Oct. 20 against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., but it’s the broken bone that will keep him out longer.

Briggs said he can do
some exercises to rehabilitate the ligament damage but is limited because his arm is in a sling. But he’s definitely in a hurry to return. Briggs has played in 173 of 177 games since he joined the Bears
as a third-round draft pick
in 2003.

‘‘I’m going to get it X-rayed each week and see how my bone is recovering,’’ Briggs said. ‘‘As soon as my bone is recovered, I’ll play ball.’’

Rookie Khaseem Greene is the leading contender to take Briggs’ spot at weak-side linebacker. Greene would be playing next to another rookie, middle linebacker
Jon Bostic, who replaced
injured D.J. Williams against the Redskins.

‘‘It’s important for the rookies to understand that while they might be tagged ‘rookies,’ you can’t be rookies right now,’’ Briggs said. ‘‘You’re professionals, and you’re going to have to step up and make plays.

‘‘Just do your job. That’s one thing we haven’t been
doing well enough defensively is everyone just doing their job. The defense is effective; it has stood true through the years if everyone does their job. Right now, that’s one thing that the rookies must do: Don’t do more than your job. Just do your job, and we’ll be fine.’’

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