The Chicago Bears have placed linebacker Lance Briggs on injured reserve with a groin injury.
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is nearing the tail end of his career at age 34, and he is enduring yet another injury.
Briggs injured his groin in Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he has been placed on injured reserve after being expected to be out at least a few weeks.
Since the Bears fell to 5-7 with a loss on Thanksgiving to the Detroit Lions, their season is considered to be over as they are virtually out of the playoffs.
As such, the Bears see no point in keeping Briggs on the roster and instead want him to rest for 2015. However, Briggs may not be in Chicago much longer as his contract expires in 2014.
Briggs has been a key piece to the Bears defense since being drafted by them in 2003, and he made seven consecutive Pro Bowl trips from 2005 to 2011 while helping the Bears defense be a consistently solid unit under Lovie Smith.
The defense has since taken a step back, and the retirement of future Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher and decline of Briggs have helped trigger that.