Thursday, August 18, 2011
Lance Briggs won't play vs. Giants
By Michael C. Wright
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith announced after Thursday night's workout that the team plans to hold out linebacker Lance Briggs from Friday's practice, as well as the club's preseason matchup Monday night against the New York Giants.
"We're still getting over a couple of injuries. Lance Briggs has a knee bruise and won't practice tomorrow. We won't play him in the game, but hopefully before long we'll get him out there," Smith said. "We'll just let him rest that knee a little bit."
An eight-year veteran, Briggs sat out of the Thursday practice wearing a compression sleeve on his left leg. The team also held out receiver Devin Hester, cornerback Zack Bowman (concussion), linebacker Brian Urlacher, tight end Desmond Clark and defensive tackle Anthony Adams (calf), along with running back Chester Taylor (knee).
"We have a couple of guys (nursing minor injuries and soreness)," Smith said. "Right at this point in training camp, a lot of times you have these types of injuries popping up. But we don't think it's anything serious."
Smith didn't elaborate on any of the injuries or give a timeline for the return of the players missing Thursday night's session. Bowman has already been declared out for Monday night's game, and it's expected that Adams will miss as well.
Hester, Urlacher and Clark are expected to play.
In other injury news, right guard Lance Louis returned to practice and the starting lineup on Thursday, after missing the Wednesday session because of dehydration.
"Just dehydrated, man, just throwing up," Louis explained. "I had to get my fluids in me because I hadn't eaten much that whole day. I was throwing up. So to keep me safe, they just yanked me."
Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.