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With expiring contract, Briggs acknowledges he's likely in final season with Bears

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 file photo, Chicago Bears' Lance Briggs warms-up before a preseason NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Lance Briggs figures his time with the Chicago Bears is coming to an end. He's not sure if his career is, too. A week shy of 34 and with his contract set to expire, Briggs acknowledges his 12-year run with the Bears will likely end this season, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 file photo, Chicago Bears' Lance Briggs warms-up before a preseason NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Lance Briggs figures his time with the Chicago Bears is coming to an end. He's not sure if his career is, too. A week shy of 34 and with his contract set to expire, Briggs acknowledges his 12-year run with the Bears will likely end this season, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)  (The Associated Press)

Lance Briggs figures his time with the Chicago Bears is coming to an end. He's not sure if his career is, too.

A week shy of 34 and with his contract set to expire, Briggs acknowledges his 12-year run with the Bears will likely end this season.

He says he understands "the reality of it" and is "proud of all the years I've had here."

The seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker is expected to return against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers this week after missing the past three games with a rib injury. The Bears are 3-5 and trying to remain in playoff contention after dropping four of five before their bye.

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