The Chicago bears defense crumbled yesterday when stalwart linebacker Lance Briggs went down with a shoulder injury. After losing quarterback Jay Cutler to an injury as well early in the game, the Bears defense needed to step-up and answer the call, but instead they gave up 45 points to a struggling Washington redskins offense.
Now, they’ll likely be without Cutler for a significant portion of the season, and Briggs will miss the next month or so with his shoulder injury:
Bears LB Lance Briggs out 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury, per league source. No surgery needed.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 21, 2013
The injury happened on a 1-yard run by Robert Griffin III with 5:57 remaining in the third quarter after rookie Jon Bostic made the tackle and Briggs injured his left shoulder trying to twist and extend away from Logan Paulsen’s block.
After Briggs’ left the game, the Skins ran 27 plays and gained 234 yards while scoring touchdowns on three of four drives.
“Obviously we miss Lance as a playmaker, his experience,” Bostic said. “He’s a guy who’s played here at a high level for a long time. We could have used him.”