Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas` - December 13 - FOX 35 News Orlando

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas` - December 13

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

"It's the Packers, It's the play offs...we have to leave it all out there." Lance Briggs summed it up pretty well on Thursday. In 10 seasons Briggs has been through 20 Packer Weeks. But the last 5 have all led to losses which only builds his disdain for the Bears biggest rival.

He's not alone, of course- see Brandon Marshall from Wednesday. But it certainly does not help when comments are made like the one Green Bay Tight End Jermichael Finley told FOXSports Wisconsin Wednesday: "

Urlacher is at the end of his career and he's playing a little slow out there. I don't think they're losing too much if he's out. Putting another guy in might help them a little." To which Briggs simply said "He's an idiot...just suit up and play."

The Bears LineBacker went on to say Finley's comments won't have any impact on the way the Bears play or the outcome of the game, "so it really doesn't matter." DJ Moore echoed that adding, "Some people talk trash better than they play." That was safe for Moore...but still a little jab.

Nick Roach - who is replacing Urlacher at middle linebacker- downplayed all the talk saying " We just got to win, nothing more. It doesn't have to be emotional or dramatic- we just have to win."

Aaron Rogers has made that more difficult with his mobility and accuracy. Briggs noted that Rogers is the reason the Packers are always in every game. They have won 7 of 8 heading in and since being named starter in Green Bay, Rogers has won 8 of 10 against the Bears throwing 16 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions. But his 2 losses in this series have both come at Soldier field- so there's that. And both have been by the same 20-17 score- which is more ironic than noteworthy...in my opinion.

Finley later back tracked via twitter saying he meant no disrespect to Urlacher - "calling him a hall of fame player and person"- but the words were heard around Halas hall as the bears returned to practice trying to stay more focused on what's at stake rather than all the trash talk swirling around their biggest game of the season.

SPECIAL TEAMS TRANSITION: It's never a good thing to replace your kicker in December, especially when that kicker is the 5th most accurate in NFL history. Robbie Gould's injury is devastating to the Bears special teams, but Dave Toub gave his vote of confidence to veteran Olindo Mare.

He's a 16 year veteran which played a role in the Bears signing him that and he made all his kicks in Tuesday's try out. Who has ever gone 100% in a job interview? That spoke volumes to the Bears who need to have confidence in a kicker from 40+ yards...the offense hasn't gotten into the red zone consistently enough for that to be different.

But the loss of Sharrick McMannis and Craig Steltz is notable. Toub would not go into all the details of their adjustments because...well, he's not going to tell Green Bay everything- but the Special Teams unit was the last off the practice field....if that is any indication that changes are being made.

INJURIES: The injury report remains lengthy...but improving and Lovie cleared up any concern over Cutler being banged up with a neck and knee injury. He expects his QB to go fully on Sunday. Out today were: Earl Bennett, Michael Bush, Tim Jennings, Shea McClellin, Henry Melton ( Personal Reasons) and Brian Urlacher.

Jay Cutler, Lance Briggs, Kellen Davis, Geno Hayes, Jonathan Scott and Matt Toeaina were limited but practicing. While Stephen Paea, Chris Spencer, and Peanut Tillman were full participants heading into Sunday.

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