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Brian Urlacher Injury: Updates on Bears Star's Hamstring

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 4, 2012

The Chicago Bears will likely have to continue their quest for an NFC North title without their star veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 11:45 a.m. ET

As expected, Brian Urlacher will not be participating in the Chicago Bears season finale against the Detroit Lions.

Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago tweeted out the team's inactive list, and the superstar linebacker has his name listed on it. 

#Bears' inactives: Urlacher, Costanzo, Conte, Allen, McCown, Brandon, Collins.

— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) December 30, 2012

We'll keep you updated right here with any further updates concerning Urlacher's hamstring injury and when he may possibly return.

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UPDATE: Friday, December 28 at 2:38 p.m. ET

Despite practicing today, Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports that Brian Urlacher (hamstring) is expected to be doubtful for Week 17.

#Bears will list Brian Urlacher (hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday's game at #Lions

— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) December 28, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, December 28 at 2:19 p.m. ET

Great news for the Chicago Bears as Brian Urlacher (hamstring) returned to practice today, according to NFL's Albert Breer.

Bears LB Brian Urlacher practiced today for the first time since injuring his hamstring in Seattle.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 28, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 3:14 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Brian Urlacher is still not healthy enough to retake the field. The Chicago Sun-Time's Sean Jensen tweeted out the news. 

#Bears inactives: McCown, Sanzenbacher, Costanzo, Urlacher, Melton, Jonathan Scott & Cheta Ozougwu.

— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) December 23, 2012

 

UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 11:55 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Brian Urlacher is inactive for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers according to the Chicago Bears' official Twitter account:

Today's #Bears inactives: LB Brian Urlacher (hamstring), CB Tim Jennings (shoulder), DT Henry Melton (chest), WR Earl Bennett (concussion)..

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 16, 2012

 

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 11:55 a.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the Grade 2 hamstring tear that will keep Brian Urlacher out for a few weeks at the minimum. 

 

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has a Grade 2 hamstring tear that usually sidelines players three to six weeks.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 9, 2012

 

Just in case there was any doubt, he was also listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, according to Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.

 

Bears inactives: Stephen Paea, Chris Spencer, Brian Urlacher, Earl Bennett, Tim Jennings, Josh McCown and Dane Sanzenbacher.

— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) December 9, 2012

 

The Bears will not only lose a lot of talent with this injury, but Urlacher is a veteran leader on the team. As much skill as there is on this defense, the unit will certainly suffer without the linebacker on the field.

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Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune has the news:

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is expected to miss the next three games and possibly the rest of the regular season with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, according to two sources familiar with his injury status.

Urlacher hopes to be fully recovered for the playoffs, provided the Bears remain in good postseason standing. A return for the regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions (Dec. 30) is a possibility.

The 34-year-old has been starting to lose a step or two in his 13th season, but he's hardly a piece the Bears want to be without during a crucial playoff race.

Chicago is currently tied with the Green Bay Packers atop the NFC North at 8-4 while the Minnesota Vikings trail by just two games with four weeks to go. 

A big reason the Bears are in a position to win the division? Defense.

Chicago is fifth in the NFL in total yards allowed per game, second in points allowed, first in takeaways with 34 and first with a ridiculous seven defensive touchdowns.

Urlacher, who is second on the team with 53 solo tackles to go along with two forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and one interception returned for a touchdown, has been a big part of this dominant unit. 

No matter his age, he will be tough to replace for the next three—and maybe more—games.

We'll be sure to keep you updated as more is known regarding his status. 

 

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