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Briggs limited, but works with first team

LAKE FOREST — Lance Briggs was a limited participant in Bears practice on Wednesday, but did do some work with the starting group, Marc Trestman said.

Briggs is still considered day-to-day and Trestman won’t know until Friday whether or not the team’s best linebacker will return from a shoulder injury. If he does return, it’ll be against the up-tempo, high-octane Eagles offense, and Trestman was asked about Briggs’ conditioning level to play against a team like that.

“Lance is a unique athlete,” he said.  

Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said Briggs is “moving around well.”

“He looks like Lance,” he said. “He’s got good pep in his step. He’s excited to be back out there working with the guys. He’s just very experienced and steps right in and knows what to do. He plays fast. It’s good to have him back out there working a little bit.”

The Eagles may want to attack Briggs if he is in the game, which would be his first since Oct. 20, but Brandon Marshall cautioned against that strategy.

“There might be a little rust there, a transitional period there, maybe in the first quarter or so but we all know what Lance is capable of doing,” he said. “He's a monster out there. I wouldn't test Lance too much. His history says enough.”

Marshall sat out practice as a precaution with soreness in his quad.

-Kevin Fishbain