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Lance Briggs (shoulder fracture) out 6 weeks for Bears

The Chicago Bears just can't catch a break on defense.

Lance Briggs will miss up to six weeks because of the shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins, a source who spoke to Briggs told NFL Media's Albert Breer. The team later announced Briggs has a small fracture in his shoulder and confirmed the timetable for his return.

The injury won't require surgery, Breer reported, but it will strip Chicago of its most experienced linebacker.

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Briggs goes on the shelf one week after middle linebacker D.J. Williams was placed on injured reserve with a torn left pectoral muscle. Promising rookie Jon Bostic stepped in for Williams on Sunday and a combination of Khaseem Greene and Blake Costanzo will see increased time in the Will linebacker role vacated by Briggs.

The heart of Chicago's defense is a mess right now. The Redskins chalked up yardage running inside and out Sunday, with Washington running back Roy Helu pounding his way for three touchdowns in a game that saw Chicago give up 45 points.

Greene and Bostic, a pair of newbies, would have been eased into action in a perfect world, but that's not how it's played out this season in the Windy City.

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