Brian Urlacher could miss the rest of the season
The 34-year-old Brian Urlacher sustained the injury on the second-last play, a 12-yard completion from rookie quarterback Russell Wilson to receiver Jonathan Baldwin, during Sunday’s 23-17 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Brian Urlacher needed help walking off the field and was replaced in the middle by strongside linebacker Nick Roach with Geno Hayes coming off the bench and being moved to the position typically occupied by Roach. On the next play, Brian Urlacher watched from the sidelines, with his right leg wrapped-up, as Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice scored on the game-winning 13 yard touchdown pass.
The Chicago Bears also re-signed Dom DeCicco to the 52-man roster for depth at middle linebacker, just three months after waiving him with an injury settlement. The former Pittsburgh safety/linebacker Dom DeCicco, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears, was a key contributor on the special teams last season. Dom DeCicco was the Chicago Bears second-leading special-teams tackler at 17, only a five tackles behind Pro Bowler Corey Graham. Dom DeCicco was released by the Chicago Bears after developing a sports hernia following the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos.
Brian Urlacher missed most of training camp due to severe left knee issues (sprained MCL and partially sprained PCL) developed following last season’s final against the Minnesota Vikings that ultimately required multiple procedures including arthroscopic surgery. In Brian Urlacher’s absence Dom DeCicco primarily played at middle linebacker, but the Chicago Bears still intend to go forward with Sunday’s appointment at the positions.
Nick Roach had been very productive on the sideline, amassing 35 tackles and 1 ½ sacks.
However, Brian Urlacher had been the team-leader in tackles with 88, and is tied second with Lance Briggs by seven tackle for loss. Brian Urlacher also has one interception return for touchdown, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the season.
After spending 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears (and starting all 16 games through nine seasons), Brian Urlacher who is final year of his contract had hoped to end his career as a Chicago Bears player. But Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has said the team would wait to determine their approach to a contract on performance basis.
The Chicago Bears (8-4) are entering a crucial stretch of games starting that begins on road against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, before the team returns to play the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Then, for their final two regular season games, the Chicago Bears take a road trip to Arizona and Detroit.
At the earliest, Brian Urlacher could return by the 30th December game against the Detroit Lions. Otherwise, his return could stretch out into the postseason if the Chicago Bears make it that far.