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Bears Place OLB Lance Briggs On Season-Ending I.R.

The Chicago Bears have placed veteran OLB Lance Briggs on season-ending injured reserve Friday with a groin injury.

Briggs was expected to miss a few weeks due to the injury, so it’s not a complete surprise that his 2014 season has come to an end.

The Bears defense has struggled all year, and will attempt to replace the all-pro with undrafted free agent LB Christian Jones.

Briggs, 34, is in the final year of his deal, and he has already raised the possibility that this could be his last year in Chicago. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent next year, but veteran linebackers haven’t fared all that well on the open market in recent years, so it will be interesting to see what opportunities he has during the offseason.

His 2014 season comes to an end with him recording 35 tackles, one interception and a forced fumble over the course of eight games.

Pro Football Focus ranks Briggs as the No. 7 4-3 outside linebacker, a grade he earned primarily because of his ability against the run.