In other injury news, Lance Briggs returned to practice for the first time since he suffered a fractured shoulder against the Redskins:
— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) December 12, 2013
I don’t know if Briggs will be able to return, but it’s certainly an encouraging sign to see him back in contact drills. I would argue that Briggs’ return would be more beneficial to the Bears and their playoff prospects than Cutler’s return. That’s not a knock of Cutler, but rather a knock on how bad the Bears’ defense has been in recent weeks. The run defense took a particularly bad turn since Briggs was sidelined.