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Brian Urlacher, linebacker of the Chicago Bears.
Though the offense has improved since last season with the addition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the Chicago Bears still primarily run through their defense.
For the past several years, the leader of that defense has been Brian Urlacher.
The Bears may need to play Week 14 without him.
One week after the Bears lost several starters to injury during their Week 12 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Urlacher left the game with a hamstring injury on the second-to-last play of the Bears' Week 13 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Wide receiver Earl Bennett and cornerback Tim Jennings also left the game with a concussion and shoulder sprain, respectively. Safety Chris Conte was unable to finish due to an illness.
The once-dominant Bears have looked vulnerable as of late, and these injuries will not help.
In addition, specialist and receiver Devin Hester remains out after suffering a concussion in Week 12.
Hester and Bennett must clear the five-day concussion testing protocol (one day each of rest, light exercise, sport specific exercise, non-contact practice, full practice) without any return of concussion symptoms before returning to play.
To make matters worse, the Chicago Tribune reports that the statuses of both Urlacher and Jennings are unclear as of Monday.
Hold your breath, Bears fans.
The author of this slideshow is a soon-to-be family medicine resident physician with plans to specialize in primary care (non-operative) sports medicine. The injury information is based on the author's own anatomical and clinical knowledge, and additional input is welcomed and encouraged.