Lance Briggs prepares for return

After longest layoff of his career, linebacker hopes to aid Bears' playoff push

Updated: December 20, 2013, 2:10 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- It's nice to feel wanted. When you're a professional athlete, it's more than nice.

As Lance Briggs prepares to potentially return to the lineup Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, look no further than Jay Cutler to see how quickly even a franchise player can go from coveted to castoff. For Cutler, an experienced and competent replacement suddenly made him seem expendable in the opinion of many. For Briggs, a depleted Bears defense only elevated the value of ...

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