Briggs eyes practice return, expects to face Skins
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said he "anticipates" returning to practice Thursday off a sprained ankle. Briggs expects to play against the Redskins this weekend.
"That's what I'm working toward," Briggs said during his weekly news conference. "Wish I could have played last week. New week, new opportunity. I feel very good about playing this week."
Briggs missed last week's game versus Seattle. His replacement, Brian Iwuh, led the team with 12 tackles.
"Brian did a good job," Briggs said of Iwuh. "He did a great job."
Briggs offered his take on the league's crackdown on flagrant hits.
"Plays aren't made in the NFL from being nice," he said. "Plays are made from being violent."
Briggs said he might reconsider his approach toward hitting once he receives his first fine, but not until then.