Briggs Bears career likely over after landing on IR

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LB Lance Briggs is headed for the IR, effectively ending his season and most likely his Bears career.As the Chicago Bears 2014 season tailspins to a disappointing finish, one of the club’s veteran defensive playmakers is staring at the conclusion of his Bears career. LB Lance Briggs was placed on injured reserve Friday, ending his season and likley putting a wrap on his Bears tenure.

The team’s official press release is below:

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The Chicago Bears placed LB Lance Briggs on the reserve/injured list due to a groin injury.

 In 12 NFL seasons, all with the Bears, the seven-time Pro Bowler (2005-11 seasons) has recorded 1,564 tackles, 95.5 TFLs, 16 interceptions, 15 sacks, 19 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and six defensive touchdowns while starting 170-of-173 games played.  READ MORE

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While much of the week was spent discussing Smith’s Bears tenure and his place in the franchise’s head coach annals, the larger picture remains whether the Bears are on the upswing.

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