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Brian Urlacher could miss three games or more with hamstring injury

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Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher could miss at least the next three games with a right hamstring injury, a league source confirmed.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Urlacher has a "Grade 2" hamstring strain, citing two sources.

Urlacher suffered the injury on the second to last play of the 23-17 overtime loss Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks. He waved for assistance at the end of the play, which was a 12-yard completion from quarterback Russell Wilson to receiver Jonathan Baldwin. On the next play, receiver Sidney Rice scored the game-winner from 13 yards out.

Urlacher leads the Bears with 88 tackles, and he's tied with Lance Briggs for a team-high seven tackles for loss. Urlacher also has four quarterback pressures, one interception, seven passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

The Bears are expected to start Nick Roach at middle linebacker and slide veteran Geno Hayes to strongside linebacker.

For depth, the Bears re-signed Dom DeCicco today.

The Bears enter a crucial stretch in the regular season. Currently 8-4, the Bears head to Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday then return for a game at Soldier Field against the Green Bay Packers. Then, the Bears finish on the road in Arizona and Detroit.

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Time to draft his replacement, great career but getting to old. Please don't do the same thing that you did with singeltary and not draft a replacement for years.

Its to bad that sundays loss to Seattle might be the last time we see #54 Brian Urlacher in a Bears uniform? If he's out only 3 weeks he could be back for the Lions game in week 17 and maybe the playoffs, which without Urlacher is now a BIG maybe? The Bears defense just took a step back.

In a fantasy world you can go into the draft and bring in Urlacher's replacement, in reality, you can't. Players like Brian Urlacher only come along once or twice every generation, thats why it seemed like such a big gap between Singletary and Urlacher, these type of linebackers don't grow on trees. If Urlacher is not resigned, best case scenario is the Bears going into the draft and getting Notre Dames Manti Te'o, this kid is a stud and might be the best linebacker to come out in years.

I see the Bears brought back 2nd year MLB Dom DeCicco, who has coverage ability being a former college safety at Pittsburgh, and the Bears middle linebacker in Lovie Smith's cover-2 scheme MUST have coverage ability. DeCicco is no Urlacher but could develop into a solid replacement for Lach in the cover-2 scheme. Chicago gave him a 2 year contract so obviously GM Phil Emery has some kinda plans for him, should be interesting GO BEARS!!

I'm not so sure Urlacher is as mportant as you indicate, Kevin. I think he has slowed down a good deal and misreads more often. He also is easier to block. I know the Bears are better with his presence in the middle, but Roach is a solid replacement with more speed. I'm more concerned with Jennings' injury.

Kevin I agree that great MLB don't grow on tree's, but the bears had some pretty bad fill-ins and there were some good ones drafted by other teams. I'm not saying draft the next HOF but draft one thats pretty decent. Kevin great serious Te'o will not last to the bears pick unless they trade up.

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