Lance Briggs looked through the mail in his locker and didn't see any correspondences from the NFL.
That's because the league deemed his hit on Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme to be legal. Delhomme scrambled out of the pocket on a third down in the third quarter and ran downfield before sliding late. Briggs popped him as his slide was beginning and no penalty was called even though the Panthers complained loudly.
"Lance Briggs will not be fined,'' a league spokesman said. "It was a legal hit and there was no penalty called on the play. The quarterback slid late and Briggs had already committed. It was not a foul."
Briggs was joking as he picked up a parcel in his locker.
"Any FedEx [envelopes]?'' he said. "Yeah, I had a nice little package from my mother. There was a check that I hadn't picked up during the summer that I have to hurry up and cash before it expires. Any others? No, not at all. I think there was a FedEx around here somewhere. Oh, wait, it's UPS. Does the league send UPS? It must be from Delhomme. I don't know [about opening it], I'm sending this one back to him.''
*** Rookie safety Craig Steltz was held out of practice with a sprained right ankle. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (left knee) had limited participation.