“He did good,” Anderson said. “They were in hurry-up and we still had an opportunity to communicate and get the call around. There were no issues.”

Since Briggs was drafted in 2003, the Bears have used 18 starting linebackers with Bostic, Anderson and D.J. Williams joining the mix this season. Brian Urlacher, Briggs, Hunter Hillenmeyer and Nick Roach accounted for 422 of the 480 total starts for the three linebacker positions (the defense started with an alternate personnel package without three linebackers in 21 games, including two this season).

Here is a look at the starting linebackers since 2003:

Middle linebacker

Brian Urlacher 134 starts
Hunter Hillenmeyer 19 starts
Nick Roach 7 starts
D.J. Williams 4 starts
Jon Bostic 1 start

Weak-side linebacker

Lance Briggs 147 starts
Warrick Holdman 13 starts
Joe Odom 3 starts
Brian Iwuh 1 start
Jamar Williams 1 start

Strong-side linebacker

Nick Roach 52 starts
Hunter Hillenmeyer 50 starts
Lance Briggs 13 starts
Pisa Tinoisamoa 12 starts