The NFL agreed with the Bears and Commissioner Roger Goodell docked the 49ers their fifth-round pick in ’08.

“I thought it was a done deal,” Briggs said Tuesday in a conference call. “When the trade was offered, I didn’t think I’d be back in a Chicago Bears uniform. … It would have been nice to play next to Patrick Willis. We talked at the Pro Bowl about that. That’s life. Life works in mysterious ways.”

Now Briggs will oppose the 49ers on Thursday night.

Patience? Jason Hill wants to play.

The third-year wide receiver had been inactive for five of the first seven games after establishing a toehold a year ago with 30 receptions for 317 yards.

He scoffed at the notion of patience after finally being active for the Tennessee game, in which he caught his first four passes of the season, two for touchdowns.

“I wouldn’t say it makes it easier. It makes it harder,” Hill said. “I thought I earned it last year, and now I have to earn it all over again. That’s the cards I’m dealt. … It’s the toughest position you can be in playing football. Backup quarterback is just like backup receiver – you have to be ready.”

Briefly: Linebacker Takeo Spikes (shoulder) was limited in practice Tuesday. … Wide receiver Isaac Bruce, who did not appear on the injury report, nevertheless has a sore ankle, according to offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye.

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