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Briggs crashes new Lamborghini . . .


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A damaged black Lamborghini registered to Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs was found abandoned early Monday alongside an expressway on the city's North Side, but it was unclear if Briggs was driving, authorities said.


Illinois State Police officials said the 2007 Roadster, which had crashed into a light pole, was discovered around 3:15 a.m.


"[The] registration comes back to Lance Briggs, however we don't know who was driving the car at the time," Master Sgt. Kyron St. Clair said.


Briggs contacted the Illinois State Police on Monday, and officers planned to meet with him later in the day, Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez said. He said he did not have details about when or where the meeting would take place.


"He contacted us to discuss the whereabouts of his car," Gutierrez said.


Briggs, who has not addressed the media since reporting to training camp late last month, did not make himself available on Monday. But he did practice afterward.


Bears spokesman Scott Hagel declined to say if Briggs was in the vehicle when it crashed, and would not say anything else about the incident.


Briggs' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was not available for comment, according to his brother Jason, who works for Rosenhaus Sports Representation. Jason Rosenhaus also declined comment.


Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye said Briggs told him about the crash on Monday morning.


"He said that he crashed the car or something, and I had to get to meetings, so I didn't have a chance to talk to him," said Ogunleye, who wasn't sure if Briggs was driving.


Police said it doesn't appear that anyone was injured in the crash. Whoever was behind the wheel of the luxury Italian sports car could face misdemeanor charges for improper lane usage and leaving the scene of the accident, St. Clair said.


The Cook County state's attorney's office could not comment on the case. According to the Illinois Compiled Statutes, a driver's license can be suspended for leaving the scene of a non-injury accident that causes more than $1,000 in damage.


If no one was injured, the driver does not have to take a blood, breath or urine test to detect drugs or alcohol, according to the statutes.


St. Clair said the vehicle, which has a Kelley Blue Book value of more than $350,000, had not been reported stolen. The temporary license plate shows the car was purchased Aug. 3 in Texas.


"He's here and he's healthy, thank goodness," defensive end Alex Brown said. "We can replace the car. We can't replace Lance. We're glad he's OK."


News of the crash came on the same day Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to a dogfighting charge and two months after the Bears released defensive tackle Tank Johnson following numerous run-ins with the law.


And it follows a rocky offseason for Briggs, a Pro Bowl linebacker who helped Chicago reach the Super Bowl last season.


Upset that the Bears slapped the franchise player tag on him, Briggs told the team to remove it or trade him. He also said he would sit out -- at first for the entire season and then for 10 games.


He eventually accepted the one-year, $7.2 million franchise tender offer in late July, and the team agreed not to apply the franchise tag in 2008.


"It's just fortunate that he was able to walk away," said cornerback Nathan Vasher, who also owns a Lamborghini. "We don't know exactly what happened, so hopefully there'll be some more developments on that. I'm just glad to see him for practice."



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Am I the only one who finds it funny that the police don't know who was driving, yet Adewale Ogunleye and Nathan Vasher volunteer that information. Sounds like a really tight locker room... :D


Or perhaps teammates who aren't intelligent enough to know when to stop talking.

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