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Lance Briggs jokes that he wanted to punch Jay Cutler

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs can empathize with IK Enemkpali, the man responsible for breaking New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith’s jaw during a locker room altercation on Tuesday.

Appearing on NFL Network, Briggs was asked if he ever wanted to punch Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, with whom he played six seasons in Chicago (2009-14).

“There have been times, yeah,” Briggs said with a smile. “Why didn’t I do it? Because out of respect.”

Briggs didn’t stop with Cutler.

The seven-time Pro Bowler playfully listed all of the ex-Bears quarterbacks he wanted to punch: Craig Krenzel, Caleb Hanie, Rex Grossman, Kordell Stewart and Jonathan Quinn.

"Yes, I wanted to punch [Quinn] because the defense was on the field 90 plays a game [in 2004],” Briggs laughed.

As for Grossman: “I wanted to punch Rex Grossman in Miami [where the Bears lost Super Bowl XLI to the Indianapolis Colts],” Briggs said.

Two former Bears quarterbacks to escape Briggs’ wrath: Kyle Orton and Brian Griese.

Briggs said he didn’t want to punch either of those two.

Briggs, 34, is currently a free agent. The weakside linebacker started only eight games for the Bears last season before going on injured reserve because of a groin injury.