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Brian Urlacher at Halas Hall Thursday

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Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher re-joined his teammates today at Halas Hall, according to a league source.

Urlacher was away from the team on Wednesday, as he spent time with family, after the passing of his mother on Monday.

"My mother, Lavoyda, unexpectedly passed away Monday at her home in Texas," Urlacher said in the statement. "My first priority right now is to be with my family as we mourn her loss and make the arrangements to lay her to rest.

"This is a very difficult and emotional time for us, and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy."

Those close to Urlacher to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Wherever the funeral will be held, Urlacher will likely be joined by some teammates and coaches, given how deeply respected and liked at Halas Hall.

"I know sometimes when you're going through tough times, the best thing for you to do is get back to something you like doing, and football is very important to Brian," coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday.

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