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With the news that came out on Tuesday that Brian Urlacher will likely miss at least the next three weeks (h/t FOX Sports) with a hamstring injury, veteran Nick Roach will take over the middle linebacker position in his absence.
Roach has experience with the position, having filled in for Urlacher in 2009 when he was out with a wrist injury, as well as taking most of the reps during training camp and the preseason while he was recovering from a knee injury.
Roach has been playing well this season, and his play has fallen under the radar with guys like Urlacher and Lance Briggs along side of him. However, given Urlacher's decline because of the knee injury this season, Roach may be an upgrade.
Stopping running back Adrian Peterson will be at the top of the Bears' to-do list, and Roach will be an integral part of that. He will have to be able to shed blockers to get to the ball carrier and will at times be forced to match up with Peterson in the passing game.
His football smarts and knowledge are not on the same level as Urlacher's, but his physical traits and tools will be more than enough for him to be successful not only this Sunday, but hopefully in the weeks ahead.