Phil Emery has no meaty remarks on Lance Briggs
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter September 2, 2014 10:09PM
Updated: September 3, 2014 2:57PM
Phil Emery didn’t barbecue linebacker Lance Briggs on Tuesday for his excused absence the day before, calling Briggs’ day off — approved three weeks earlier by coach Marc Trestman — a privacy matter.
Briggs missed Monday’s session to open his Double Nickel Smokehouse in his hometown of Elk Grove, Calif.
‘‘Lance Briggs was excused for personal reasons,” Emery said in an online chat on the Bears’ website. ‘‘As any employer would do, we will always respect the privacy of our players, whether that concerns absence from work, injuries or medical history or contract status.’’
Emery, who has not granted a wide-ranging media interview since the day before training camp, touched on other topics, too:
◆ Marquess Wilson: The Bears on Tuesday put the wide receiver, who had surgery in early August to repair a broken right clavicle, on injured reserve-designated to return. He can’t practice until Week 7 or play until Week 9. Emery said Wilson has an exciting future. The Bears signed cornerback Kelvin Hayden, the Hubbard High School and Illinois alum cut Saturday, to take his roster spot.
◆ Jordan Lynch: Emery said he was raw on special teams, which hurt his chances of making the team. ‘‘The assignments and execution of those assignments were new to him,’’ Emery said of the former NIU star.
◆ Chris Conte: Emery said the safety, listed as a backup Tuesday, ‘‘looks the best that I’ve seen him, in terms of his body and his athleticism, since he’s been in the league.’’
◆ Michael Sam: He’s not coming. The Bears are set at defensive end, Emery said.
◆ Earl Bennett: The Bears contacted him when they looked at free-agent receivers.
◆ Devin Hester: He was too pricey. Emery said the Bears had to decide where to spend their money. ‘‘And we were not going to be able to meet Devin’s financial expectations,’’ he said.