Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Resilient Urlacher determined to play again for Bears

Chicago fans wondering if they’ve seen the last of Brian Urlacher will be pleased to hear their veteran linebacker should be fit for the playoffs so he can have at least one last game for the Bears.

Urlacher, whose contract ends this season, will watch from the sidelines as the Bears fight for a playoff place in the NFC North, after the 34-year-old suffered a Grade Two hamstring strain on Sunday. Initial reports were that he could be out for a few months, but Urlacher confirmed his
absence should hopefully be shorter.

“Doctors say two to four weeks, three, could be four. Just depends on how it heals,” he told

With a maximum of four weeks out, there is real hope in the betting world that Urlacher can return to the team, if they make the postseason this winter. At 8-4 Chicago are in line to finish the regular season in a playoff place despite having three tough road games at Minnesota, Detroit and Arizona to come, plus an NFC North home tie with the Packers.

In place of Urlacher, Nick Roach is expected to shift across to the middle line, with Geno Hayes taking Roach’s position on the side. The Bears should still be strong enough without their veteran star yet fans in the betting world are still concerned there could be a collapse similar to 2004, where Chicago went 0-7 without him.

After 13 seasons with the Bears a hamstring injury is not how Urlacher would like to end his career and will work hard to rehabilitate his hamstring. All he can do now is hope his team-mates get over the line and qualify for the playoffs, so this eight-time Pro Bowler can receive the send-off he thoroughly deserves.

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