Bears place Lance Briggs on IR

Chicago Bears veteran linebacker Lance Briggs will miss the rest of the season due to a groin injury.

LAKE FOREST, IL – 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. His six defensive touchdowns are third most in franchise history. His five interception return scores are second most in Bears annals and tied for third most in NFL history among linebackers.

He has led the team in tackles in five seasons (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012), collecting 100-plus tackles in nine-straight seasons from 2004-12.

Briggs’ 170 games started are fifth most in franchise history, trailing Walter Payton (184), Olin Kreutz (183), Brian Urlacher (180) and Mike Singletary (172).

This season, Briggs has 63 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for losses, one interception, a forced fumble, two pass break-ups and a QB pressure while starting eight contests.

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