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Lance Briggs: I didn’t tell Marc Trestman my excused absence was to open my restaurant
When Lance Briggs received permission three weeks ago to take Monday off, he didn’t tell Bears coach Marc Trestman that it was to open his namesake Double Nickel Smokehouse in his hometown.
He said he still has not discussed it with the coach, two days after his excused absence from Halas Hall to launch the Elk Grove, Calif., eatery.
The linebacker showed few regrets Wednesday when describing his rationale for the day off. He said Monday “was an hour-long practice” and didn’t involve implementing a game plan, which typically begins Wednesday.
“(Trestman) just trusted,” Briggs said. “I asked him for a personal day, he said OK.
“I guess my announcing the opening of my restaurant made bigger news than we kind of expected. It is what it is.”
He said he thought too much was made of his absence, though “everyone is entitled” to their opinion.
“If you’re questioning whether I care more to be there than to be here,” he said, “my history has always spoken for me.”
Briggs said his restaurant partner suggested Monday — one day before an actual day off, in which he could have come and gone with no repercussions.
“It was Labor Day,” he said. “And on Labor Day, as you do know, most people do not work.”
Trestman said that, generally, “I don’t think it’s my business” what happens off the field when a player receives a personal day off.
He refused to answer the hypothetical question of whether he would have approved the off day had he known it was for a restaurant opening.
Briggs said this season was important to him.
“This is the last year of my deal,” he said. “Every moment, every game counts.”