Chicago Bears' Lance Briggs wants Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin to play Sunday

November, 6, 2009
11/06/09
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Reports out of Arizona indicate Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin is planning to test his injured ankle during a pregame workout Sunday at Soldier Field. Considering that Boldin is known for playing through pain, it would not be a surprise to see him start against the Bears.

In fact, certain members of the Bears' defense would actually prefer to face Boldin on Sunday.

"I'm not the kind of guy that goes out and wishes that you're [without a top player] when you play against us," linebacker Lance Briggs said. "I believe in you lining up your best against ours so [that way] there are no excuses when the game is over."

Rookie receiver Juaquin Iglesias has been playing the role of Boldin this week on the scout team, so it's a good bet Coach Lovie Smith expects the Cardinals to have both Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald at their disposal.

But if the unexpected occurs and Boldin is inactive, the Cardinals can still turn to Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban.

"Boldin has been injured a little bit, so Breaston has stepped up," Smith said. "They have a four-receiver package they like a lot, so going to a three [receiver package] wouldn't be a huge adjustment for them. It would hurt them a little bit, but they'll keep going."

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