Lance Briggs became the latest star athlete from Chicago to cut himself ... doing what?
Making an appearance Saturday at a telecommunications store in Algonquin, Briggs was sporting a large wrap on his right hand and wrist. Fortunately for those who showed up, Briggs is left-handed so he was able to sign autographs for the crowd. Briggs told people there that he cut himself in an accident involving a straight-edge razor but this wound required more than the kind of bandages you keep in your medicine cabinet.
The injury was news to the Bears as Briggs, who has been regularly attending the voluntary offseason program, did not show at Halas Hall Monday. General manager Jerry Angelo got involved in determining what happened Monday afternoon following post-draft meetings with scouts. Now, Briggs is scheduled to show the injury to team medical personnel Tuesday and explain what happened. A high-ranking team source said concerns that the wrap was hiding a recent surgery were not founded.
So, Briggs was able to walk away from his Lamborghini smash-up, figuratively and literally, without a scratch two years ago but wasn't so lucky with the straight-edge razor. He could have consulted two of the city's biggest basketball stars for advice with sharp objects. You might not think of Michael Jordan as a Washington Wizard if his cigar cutter accident was any more serious. Jordan nearly severed a finger on his right shooting hand while on vacation in the Bahamas and that surely would have prevented a third coming of his Airness.
Just four months ago, Derrick Rose sliced open his arm with a cut that required 10 stitches to close. As Rose explained, he rolled over in bed and cut himself on a knife he had been using to peel an apple. Rose didn't miss any time and Briggs will not either.
So, pay attention with your cigar cutter, keep your knives out of bed and leave the straight-edge razor to your barber.