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 width=>>Briggs Doesn't Give Team Of Reason For Day Off

When Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs asked coach Marc Trestman for a personal day this week, he left out a detail - it was to attend the grand opening of his barbecue restaurant.

He didn't mention it afterward, either.

Briggs raised a few more eyebrows with that revelation while being grilled by reporters on Wednesday.

With the season opening this week he found himself at the center of attention for missing practice to be at the opening of his barbecue restaurant near his hometown of Sacramento, California.

His comments on Wednesday added some more heat.

He said "no" after someone asked if he told Trestman the day off was for the opening of the restaurant he part-owns.

 width=>>Defending Champion Seahawks Open Up Against Packers

(Seattle, WA) -- The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks start the defense of their title against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field in the NFL's Thursday night opener. The 'Hawks won the NFC West last season with a 13-and-3 record before beating the Saints and 49ers in the playoffs. Seattle capped it off with a 43-8 drubbing of the Broncos in Super Bowl 48 from MetLife Stadium. Quarterback Russell Wilson and a top-rated defense will look to become the first team since the Patriots in 2004 and 2005 to repeat as champions. Green Bay won the NFC North last season with an 8-7-and-1 record before falling to the 49ers in the first round of the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers, second-year running back Eddie Lacy and a talented receiving corps will look to become just the second team to win in Seattle in the last two seasons.

>>Cowboys Sign Michael Sam To Practice Squad

(Arlington, TX) -- Defensive end Michael Sam is now a member of the Dallas practice squad. Sam recorded eleven tackles and two and-a-half sacks in the preseason for the Rams, but he was unable to earn a spot on a deep defensive line. Sam was picked by the Rams in the seventh round of this year's NFL Draft, making him the first openly gay player in NFL history.

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