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Briggs Speaks About CTE and Jonathan Vilma's Suspension

BOURBONNAIS IL - JULY 30: Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears talks with Brian Urlacher #54 during a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30 2010 in Bourbonnais Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
BOURBONNAIS IL - JULY 30: Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears talks with Brian Urlacher #54 during a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30 2010 in Bourbonnais Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The two biggest stories of the week were the death of linebacker Junior Seau, which is generally being attributed to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and fellow linebacker Jonathan Vilma's suspension for the season with respect to the Saints' bounty scandal. So David Haugh decided to turn to the Bears' own linebacker Lance Briggs. Briggs' comments seemed to steer towards the "this is the game we play" mentality.

"Player safety is best taken care of by providing health insurance for players' lives,'' Briggs said. "Come on. It's like asking a boxer: 'Are your injuries related to taking blows to the head?' We throw our bodies around. It's physical. It's football. You can't stop the violence from happening.''

Briggs was asked how he could rip Commissioner Goodell for Vilma's heavy suspension while lamenting the death of a fellow football player.

"Let me make one thing clear: I in no way condone somebody putting money up to intentionally hurt someone,'' Briggs said. "But bounty or not, what did the Saints do on the field that's illegal? All I've seen on TV is clean, physical football. You can get those same highlights from any NFL team.''

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