It will be a trying press conference for coach Lovie Smith this afternoon.
ESPN has announced it will carry the presser live on ESPN2 at 3:45 p.m. Smith will address the fact that middle linebacker Brian Urlacher will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair his dislocated right wrist this morning. The Bears have a myriad of other injuries, as well, with strong-side linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa expected to be out about a month. That means Hunter Hillenmeyer and Nick Roach will be forced to step in.
It's not an ideal situation and certainly Smith will be tested as a defensive coordinator. The Bears could consider working to bring in veteran linebacker Derrick Brooks, who would be interested in playing for them, his agent Roosevelt Barnes told the Sun-Times. It's not known what kind of shape Brooks is in, but Barnes said he has been training as if he will play this season. Scout.com reported that the Bears could consider Tim Shaw, who was in Jacksonville in preseason and played at Penn State. Surely, there are many other options and what the Bears do could also depend on how they believe they need to address special teams. Veteran Zach Thomas is on the street, but a source said he suffered an injury in training camp with Kansas City and he called it an "ongoing issue.''
Roach was being counted on to develop into a leading role on special teams. That will have to be scaled back if he is playing two downs on the strong side. Hillenmeyer also had a significant role as a special teamer. Add in the fact that cornerback Trumaine McBride suffered a sprained knee, and you have issues for special teams coordinator Dave Toub, who might not be ready to turn to rookie D.J. Moore for help. Moore was inactive.