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Briggs prefers to skip HOF game

Count Lance Briggs among the chorus of Bears players who would prefer to skip the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 7.

It now appears certain the Bears will not report to training camp as scheduled on July 22. ESPN is reporting that the team won’t open camp until the 26th at the earliest. That means the game against the St. Louis Rams the day after ex-Bear defensive end Richard Dent is enshrined remains very much in doubt.

That’s fine with Briggs, who was interviewed on WMVP (AM-1000) on Tuesday afternoon.

“I would hope that they don’t try to make that happen,” the Bears linebacker said. “I’m happy for Richard Dent but I don’t want to risk mine or anybody else’s health to play the Hall of Fame game.”