Not only is Brian Urlacher enjoying being back on the field after missing the final 15 games of last season with a wrist injury, but he's also having fun playing meaningful games deep into the season once again.
"It's nice to have games that mean something in December," he said. "We haven't had that in a while. Two years after the Super Bowl, we had a chance to go to the playoffs, and we lost that game at Houston. But to have a few games here at the end of the season that actually mean something, it's fun. You're practicing for a reason, for a purpose. It's easy to come to work when you know you have a goal in mind to get to, and it's still attainable."
Barring a miraculous return from a shoulder injury, Urlacher has seen his last of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
"I like playing against Favre," he said. "He's a competitor. It stinks to see him go out the way he did with an injury like that. But [it's] not hurting my feelings that we're not playing against him. I'll tell you that much."