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Briggs expects to play Sunday

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Lance Briggs said he will practice later this afternoon and should play against the Redskins on Sunday, which is good news for a Bears team that must deal with the physical running style of Washington's Ryan Torain.

The Pro-Bowl linebacker missed Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Seahawks at Soldier Field with a high-ankle sprain.

"I don't know a whole lot about him that I haven't seen on film," Briggs said of Torain. "It's a good opportunity for us to come out and test those same skills. Last week we missed a lot of important tackles, tackles in the backfield, tackles that would've prevented drives. Against someone like this, a hard-nosed runner who likes to get his nose in it, it's a good shot for us to fit up, get in our gaps, get our head on the ball, get our head on him and top off the pile."

Like most Bears players, Briggs is no fan of the league's new stance of "devastating hits."

"If you go back in the day and watch a guy like Deacon Jones, he was drop-kicking guys.," he said "Is it safer? What time period is it safer? You either want to separate the man from the ball or get the man down after the fewest yards possible. You don't do that by breaking down or letting him run you over. This is an intimidating game. If you can intimidate your opponent you may not have to hit him. He may drop the ball. There's just a lot going on to this game and violence is right up there. You can't escape the physical nature of football."

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