"I have to be able to defend myself on the football field," he said. "If I can't do that, then they won't clear me."
"You gotta tackle," Briggs said. "You gotta get guys down. When your opportunity comes, you have to make plays."
In the six games without Briggs, the Bears have allowed 1,220 yards rushing, according to the Sun-Times -- a pace that would set the all-time record for worst rushing defense if stretched for a full season.
Briggs isn't the cure-all for a squad that has lost a plethora of defensive line players. However, his return would provide a significant boost to a defense that struggles to make plays behind the line of scrimmage against the running game.