Sunday, September 23, 2007
Briggs suffers groin injury, sits second half; Vasher out, too
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs
and cornerback Nathan Vasher left Sunday's game against the Cowboys with groin injuries, while an
ankle injury knocked offensive lineman Ruben Brown out and a knee injury sidelined Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris in Dallas' 34-10 victory.
The Bears had already lost Briggs and Vasher when Brown, a
nine-time Pro Bowl pick, got hurt in the fourth quarter.
Briggs appeared to hurt himself midway through the second
quarter, when Brian Urlacher sacked Tony Romo. Briggs, who was
trying to avoid Urlacher, stayed in the game but did not come out
for the second half.
Vasher, a Pro Bowl pick in 2005, walked off the field midway
through the third quarter after being injured away from the ball.
The injuries are the latest blows to a team that lost former Pro
Bowl safety Mike Brown and starting defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek
to season-ending knee injuries in the opener at San Diego.
A two-time Pro Bowl pick, Briggs had threatened a prolonged
holdout after the Bears slapped the franchise player tag on him. He
reported to training camp in late July, ending one drama.
But Briggs was at the center of another one when he crashed his
Lamborghini in the middle of the night and abandoned the vehicle
late last month.
On the field, things were going better for him. Briggs forced a
fumble and had a sack in last week's 20-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.