Lance Briggs expects to play vs. Lions

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs expects to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions after being sidelined with a right ankle injury.

The linebacker was on the practice field for the second straight day Thursday, while safety Craig Steltz resumed working with the defensive backs during individual drills. Steltz had been relegated to running on a side field while trying to recover from a high ankle sprain.

Briggs hurt the ankle in the Bears' third preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 28.

"The time off has been good," Briggs said Thursday. "Everything has been according to doctors' orders. I gradually worked myself into practice with the hopes that this week I'll be on the field. That's what I plan on doing."

The Bears officially listed Briggs as having limited participation in practice Wednesday and Thursday. Steltz and fullback Desmond Clark were also limited Thursday.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.