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Bears may be without LB Briggs against Seahawks

The high-ankle sprain that has troubled Lance Briggs all season may keep the Bears linebacker out of action this week against the Seattle Seahawks.

Briggs missed his third straight practice on Friday, and is listed as questionable on the team's official injury report.

Briggs re-aggravated the injury in Sunday's 23-6 win over the Carolina Panthers. The five-time Pro Bowler originally hurt the ankle in the Bears' third preseason game.

Briggs has missed only three games in his seven seasons with the Bears. He is the team's leading tackler through the first five games with 49 tackles and 31 solos. He has one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

"He's a quick healer," Bears coach Lovie Smith told the *Chicago Sun-Times* on Friday. "We still have a lot of time before the game, but he hasn't practiced all week."

The news was more encouraging for quarterback Jay Cutler, who has suffered no setbacks since the concussion sustained against the Giants in Week 4. Cutler was held out against the Panthers for precautionary reasons.

"He had a great week of practice," Smith said. "He feels good. He's ready to go."

Safety Major Wright (hamstring) and guard Roberto Garza (knee) have been ruled out.

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