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Briggs answers Houshmandzadeh
By Bob LeGere | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/25/2009 12:02 AM

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Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs had a quick response to Seahawks wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh's vow to show Bears GM Jerry Angelo what he missed by not signing the former Bengal when he was a free agent last off-season.

"He sounds like a bitter guy," Briggs said. "Maybe he wanted to play in Chicago. If he's going to show what he's going to do on Sunday, I'll tell you what: 'So are we, so am I.' I've been playing against T.J. since college, so I know what type of competitor he is. The guy can play. But his personal feelings toward us, I could care less."

Houshmandzadeh was at Oregon State while Briggs was at Arizona. The Seahawks' wide receiver also claimed that he could beat Bears cornerbacks 95 percent of the time.

"I'll take a Bears corner over Houshmandzadeh any day," Briggs said.

Be patient: Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye was critical on his blog of Soldier Field fans who booed the Bears early in last week's 17-14 victory over the Steelers.

"You pay your money, and you're entitled to do whatever you want to do," Ogunleye said. "But let's wait, be patient. We're not going out there trying to lose the game. We're going out there and trying to give our hardest effort out there. It's still early in the season and for us to (hear) boos already, I just felt it put a bad taste in my mouth. It gives the other team confidence.

When we're on the road and fans boo (the home) team, we're on the sideline going, 'Yeah, we got them now.' "

Carrying on: Lance Briggs leads the Bears with 15 tackles and 12 solos, but he said he's not being asked to do anything differently because of the absence of six-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Brian Urlacher - at least not anything important.

"The only thing I have to do is come to this press interview every Thursday and talk to you guys," Briggs joked.

Turning serious, Briggs admitted that Urlacher's loss is significant.

"I miss him every day in our linebacker room," Briggs said. "But we have to move on, at least for this year."

Expensive hit: Steelers safety Tyrone Carter was fined $5,000 by the NFL for his sideline hit on Bears tight end Greg Olsen that jarred the ball loose and left Olsen shaken up and struggling to catch his breath.

"I thought he made a good play," Olsen said. "That's too bad. I didn't think it was really anything that was that big a deal. He made a good hit. But they're cracking down."

Carter is appealing the fine.

Injury update: Tight end Desmond Clark (fractured rib), defensive end Alex Brown (sprained ankle) and linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (sprained knee) did not practice Thursday.

But Clark was in full gear during warmups and did some individual work on the side. Brown warmed up without limping and did individual work. Defensive lineman Israel Idonije (knee) practiced but was limited, while defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee) and guard Frank Omiyale (ankle) did everything.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (fractured rib), linebacker Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) and fullback Justin Griffith (knee) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Cornerback Ken Lucas (groin) and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) were limited.