LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The status of injured Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will remain uncertain until just before game time Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Briggs is questionable for Sundays game, although all indications are hell be able to play. On Friday, Briggs went through his first full practice since fracturing his left shoulder Oct. 20. Briggs practiced Wednesday and Thursday on a limited basis.
Im very optimistic, coach Marc Trestman said Friday. Again, he practiced for three days. Hes been cleared by the doctors.
Well see where hes at. But I wouldnt want to say that hes gonna play, hes gonna start. I think thats still 48 hours away.
Briggs is the defenses signal caller, so teams hope is getting him back could restore some stability to a defense ranked last in the league against the run.
Packers’ Rodgers to remain out
Green Bay ruled out Aaron Rodgers for Sundays game against Pittsburgh.
It will be Green Bays seventh straight game without Rodgers since the franchise quarterback fractured his left collarbone during the first series of a 27-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 4.
Backup Matt Flynn will make a fourth straight start. Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers has not received medical clearance yet, and that the organization feels he is not ready to play.
Vikings expect Peterson to play
Adrian Peterson returned to practice for Minnesota and is expected to play in Sundays game at Cincinnati as long as he doesnt have any setbacks with his sprained right foot.
Peterson, the leagues second-leading rusher, is listed as questionable for Minnesota (4-9-1). He missed last weeks game after spraining his foot a week earlier at Baltimore.
Around the league
Denver receiver Wes Welker (concussion) was officially ruled out of this weekends game at Houston. Hes also expected to be held out of the Broncos regular-season finale at Oakland on Dec. 29. Rookie receiver Tavon Austin missed his sixth straight practice and will be questionable for St. Louis against the Tampa Bay.
Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles was fined $10,000 by the NFL for an illegal peel-back block on Minnesotas Erin Henderson during the Eagles loss Sunday. Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) says he will play against the Packers. Kansas City will have Dexter McCluster back from injury when they play the Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. McCluster missed last weeks win at Oakland after developing an infection in his ankle. Dallas linebacker Sean Lee will miss his second straight game with a sprained neck, and cornerback Brandon Carr says he will play against Washington.
Seattle will be without starting right guard J.R. Sweezy (concussion) against Arizona. Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) was ruled out for Sundays game against the New York Giants.