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Lance Briggs is probable for Sunday

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Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who was limited in practice Thursday, fully participated on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

The Bears are the model of health right now, with only rookie Alshon Jeffery (hand) ruled out for the game. Veterans Matt Spaeth and Jonathan Scott also fully participated in practice Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Briggs 2.jpg

The Titans, though, are another story.

Linebacker Patrick Bailey and starting right guard Leroy Harris have been ruled out for Sunday's game. Meanwhile, rookie quarterback Jake Locker is doubtful, and he won't play as veteran Matt Hasselbeck will get the start. Backup cornerback Tommie Campbell (ankle), starting right tackle Davis Stewart (knee) and linebacker Will Witherspoon (hamstring) are all questionable. All three were limited in practice Friday.

The players who are probable to play for the Titans are: receiver Kenny Britt (knee), safety Michael Griffin (hip), linebacker Colin Montgomery (ankle), starting left tackle Michael Roos (abdomen), starting center Fernando Velasco (concussion), starting receiver Nate Washington (knee) and starting defensive end Kamerion Wimbley (toe).

All of the players listed as probable for the Titans fully participated in practice Friday.

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On paper, this matchup very much favors the Bears. Remember, I said "on paper", I know about the whole "any given suday" thing. Ok, with that being said, Chicago has probably the leagues best cornerback tandem in Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings who will be matched up vs the Titans banged up duo at receiver of Nate Washington & Kenny Britt who both have knee issues right now, this favors the Bears. Yes, veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is very good at using the entire field, but good luck doing anything down field with banged up receivers going against one cornerback who shut down Megatron (Tillman), and another corner who leads the league in interceptions (Jennings). The key on defense will be the Bears #1 ranked run defense vs Chris Johnson.

Now, on offense, Chicago should be able to run the ball, the Titans are ranked a dismal 28th vs the run and Matt Forte has over a 4 yard avg. The Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall combo should produce also, through 8 games, the Titans starting front 4 has a dismal 5 sacks, 2.5 for LDE Derrick Morgan, and 2.5 for RDE Kamerion Wimbley who has a toe injury. Inside the Titans front 4 doesn't get much in the way of a pass rush. The Bears offense has a chance to finally have that coming out party we've all been waiting for, should be interesting GO BEARS!!

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