According to Pro Football Talk, Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will miss the next four to six weeks with a shoulder injury sustained in yesterday's contest against the Washington Redskins. The injury is not expected to require surgery.
This is just the next in a long line of injuries for Chicago's defense, which includes Henry Melton, Nate Collins, D.J. Williams and Charles Tillman, as well as Jay Cutler on the offensive side of the ball.
Briggs will likely be replaced by veteran linebacker Blake Costanzo, who has started one game in his seven-year career. Rookie Jon Bostic took over play-calling duties after Briggs went down on Sunday and will likely continuing doing so during his absence.
The Bears have not yet confirmed the injury nor Briggs' timetable to return.
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