Not only should Lance Briggs hire a limo driver instead of driving home late at night from Rush Street, but apparently he should hire a barber every time he wants that clean, close shave.
The Pro Bowl linebacker caused a bit of a stir this past weekend in Algonquin, signing autographs at an event with a heavy wrap on his right hand. Fortunately for John Hancock-seekers, Briggs is left-handed and was able to participate in the event just as he normally would. According to the seventh-year pro, he cut his right palm while shaving at home with a straight razor.
The Chicago Sun-Times originally reported Tuesday that the injury could be serious and potentially cost him some practice time, but Briggs appears to be just fine and was on the field for voluntary workouts the same day that story was published.
"I'm definitely not going to miss the season," Briggs told the Chicago Tribune with a heavy dose of sarcasm. "I'm not the first person to cut themselves with a grooming mechanism."
Briggs laughed off reports about his hand injury being serious. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Originally a third-round draft choice out of Arizona in 2003, Briggs has overtaken future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher as the best linebacker in the Windy City. While he has had some questionable off-the-field behavior from time to time, including an infamous late night/early morning two summers ago when he wrecked his $350,000 Lamborghini on the Edens Expressway and fled the scene, the former Wildcat has done a fine job rehabbing his image recently. Urlacher, on the other hand, seems only to be distancing himself from the Chicago public that has adored him for so long.
Briggs scoffed at the notion that he was trying to hide the razor indicent from the heads at Halas Hall.
"You don't have to report if you cut yourself with a razor," he said. "If I was cutting a cake with a knife and cut my finger, and I felt like I was in danger, then I would have called a doctor. If it had been something dire, then I would have notified the Bears organization."
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