Last week, it was Brian Urlacher who left the game with a calf injury. This time, it was Lance Briggs who limped off the field never to return, casting doubt on the Pro Bowl linebacker's availability for the season-opener against Detroit.
Briggs injured his left ankle early in the first quarter of Saturday night's 14-9 loss to the Cardinals at Soldier Field. Briggs was unavailable after the game. Although the severity of his injury was not known, he was seen leaving the stadium wearing a walking boot, which isn't good news for a defense that has struggled during the preseason.
"We don't know the extent of the injury or anything right now, but he couldn't finish the game," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.
Briggs was replaced by Brian Iwuh. The veteran has primarily been a special teams performer in the past but has impressed coaches throughout camp with his play at linebacker. He had five solo tackles.
Nick Roach, who was competing with Pisa Tinoisamoa for the starting job at strong-side linebacker, recently underwent minor knee surgery and did not play Thursday.