Lance Briggs is going to have to spring for some airfares if he wants to hang with his friends in Honolulu.
The Bears' weak-side linebacker was the team's only player chosen to the NFC Pro Bowl team, a source said. The league will release the official teams at 3 p.m.
Briggs, who has now been named to four consecutive Pro Bowls, leads the team in tackles with 122 and 73 solos and has three interceptions. He has been the most consistent player on defense all season.
The Bears had four players at the Pro Bowl last season and eight were selected after the 2006 season. The last time the franchise had only one player picked for the game was 2004 when center Olin Kreutz represented them.
This means middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who waged what was at times a nasty battle for a contract extension in the offseason, was not selected. Urlacher, who was signed through 2011, threatened to sit out unless he got more money and was ultimately given an $18 million, one-year extension. Urlacher is a six-time Pro Bowl selection as is Kreutz.
It also means the talented special teams group was shut out. Kicker Robbie Gould and punter Brad Maynard have both had all-star seasons. Running back Matt Forte also deserved Pro Bowl consideration.
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