The Bears picked up linebacker Cato June off the street today, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. I don’t think that this is a coincidence with Lance Briggs having undergone an MRI on Monday for an injured knee.
I’m not saying that Briggs is headed to IR, but it certainly appears that there is doubt about him being able to go on Sunday versus the Rams.
If there is ANY chance that he could worsen his condition, he should sit. This season is over anyway, so don’t put 2010 in jeopardy. I guess it would be fitting for Briggs to be done since fellow linebackers Brian Urlacher and Pisa Tinoisamoa have already cashed in their chips on the 2009 season.
June should be able to get up to speed with the Bears’ system quickly, since he’s played the Cover-2 under Lovie Smith’s mentor Tony Dungy in Indianapolis. I hope he can contribute, but at the same time, I hope he doesn’t have to. If he does, it would be at the expense of Briggs.