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Former Bear Patrick Mannelly ‘floored’ by Lance Briggs’ absence to open eatery
The longest tenured Bears player of all time said he was flummoxed by Lance Briggs’ decision to take an excused absence from practice Monday to open a restaurant in his hometown in Northern California.
Former long snapper Patrick Mannelly was making his debut as co-host of 670 The Score’s midday “Spiegel and Mannelly Show.”
“There’s a limited amount of time that they have as a unit in meetings and on the practice field,” Mannelly said. “I don’t understand why coach (Marc) Trestman let him take that day off.”
Mannelly was shocked Briggs couldn’t schedule it for Tuesday, the team’s day off.
“Why didn’t he go today?” he said. “I’m floored.
“As a teammate, if they missed OTAs (in offseason) for whatever reason — if they had a charity golf tournament — I just didn’t understand that either. You need to give your full commitment to the game.”
Trestman said Monday that Briggs received permission three weeks ago for the off day.
Asked about the absence in a chat on the team web site Tuesday, general manager Phil Emery said the Bears “will always respect the privacy of our players, whether that concerns absence from work, injuries or medical history or contract status.”
Briggs posted pictures Monday from Double Nickel Smokehouse, his namesake restaurant in Elk Grove, Calif.