Briggs, Conte remain sidelined for Bears

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and Chris Conte sat out practice for the second day in a row this week.

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who missed last week’s contest due to a rib injury, sat out practice this afternoon for the second day in a row this week.

“I still think it's day to day. We'll see where [Briggs] is tomorrow,” coach Marc Trestman said after practice today. “He hasn't practiced obviously the first two days but we'll leave tomorrow open and see where he's at and see how this transpires through the week. I'm going into it that way.”

Briggs appears unlikely to play this week with what some believe are cracked ribs, which will thrust Khaseem Greene into the starting lineup for the second week in a row.

Safety Chris Conte also missed practice today due to the shoulder injury he suffered against the Atlanta Falcons. If Conte sits out against the Miami Dolphins this week, the Bears will likely start fourth-round rookie Brock Vereen.

“He’s working and we’re rotating three guys around. He’s certainly getting enough work to be one of those guys and be that guy who can start,” said Trestman. “Right now we’re just rotating him in practice, him and Danny [McCray] with Ryan [Mundy].”

Returning to practice today were RT Jordan Mills (foot) and LB D.J. Williams (neck), who were limited. Williams missed last week’s contest and will again by replaced by Darryl Sharpton if he can’t get on the field this week.

Also limited in practice were LB Jonathan Bostic (back) and S Ahmad Dixon (hamstring). Undrafted rookie Christian Jones will replace Bostic if he misses his second contest in a row.

T Jermon Buhrod, who has missed the last two weeks with ankle and knee injuries, was limited yesterday but practiced in full today. He’s on track to resume his role as the club’s starting left tackle against the Dolphins. CB Sherrick McManis (quad/knee) and LB Shea McClellin also practiced in full today.

For the Dolphins, S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) did not practice.

The following Miami players were limited:

T Branden Albert (elbow) TE Charles Clay (knee) CB Cortland Finnegan (neck) WR Brandon Gibson (hamstring) RB Lamar Miller (knee) LB Koa Misi (ankle) C Samson Satele (hamstring)

The following Dolphins practiced in full:

S Louis Delmas (elbow) LS John Denney (knee) G Shelley Smith (knee) QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) G Dallas Thomas (shoulder) LB Phillip Wheeler (shoulder/thumb) RB Damien Williams (hamstring)



Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.

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