Breaking News: Brian Urlacher Out for the Season with Dislocated Wrist

Midwest Sports FansAnalyst ISeptember 14, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears stands on the sidelines after being injured near the end of the first half against the Green Bay Packers on September 13, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-15. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Updating our previous post this morning that Brian Urlacher would have to have surgery on his dislocated wrist, the latest report out of Chicago is even more ominous.

Brian Urlacher is reportedly out for the season, according to Vaughn McClure of The Chicago Tribune:

Brian Urlacher appears to be out for the season after dislocating his right wrist, the linebacker said Monday. The team has not given the official word, but Lovie Smith is expected to address the issue during his afternoon press conference.

This is obviously terrible news for the Bears and their fans and comes on the heels of a heart-breaking loss in Green Bay during which new quarterback Jay Cutler threw four interceptions.

Urlacher, to describe him in completely cliched term, is the heart and soul of the Bears’ defense. And even though the primary weakness in the current Bears defense appears to be in the secondary (and specifically cornerback Nathan Vasher), Urlacher’s athleticism and experience often helped to compensate for issues elsewhere.