Bears healing up in time for visit from Redskins

The Chicago Bears have been mostly healthy this season and it looks like Pro Bowl weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs will return for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field.

Briggs was held out of last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks with a sprained left ankle. He was limited in practice on Thursday, but the plan is for him to start against the Redskins in what is a significant game for the Bears (4-2) based on how the second half of the schedule toughens for them.

The bye week follows for the Bears, and that’s not a bad thing. It will allow Briggs to rest some more, as well as middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who is playing through a nagging groin injury and was held out of Wednesday’s practice.

Briggs will firm up the run defense and the last time Mike Shanahan faced the Bears in 2007 his offense ran for 138 yards with unheralded Andre Hall grinding out 98 on the ground. Ryan Torain, 6-1, 218 pounds, is a big back and could pose problems for the Bears if they don’t remain gap sound.

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