Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher might be out for season
BY SEAN JENSEN email@example.com December 4, 2012 2:24PM
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher could miss the rest of the regular season with a hamstring strain. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: December 4, 2012 7:47PM
Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher could miss at least the next three games with a right hamstring injury, an NFL source confirmed on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
DeCicco, who played for the Bears last season after signing as an undrafted free agent, was waived with an injury settlement after suffering what eventually was diagnosed as a sports hernia in the first preseason game against teh Denver Broncos.
DeCicco became a key contributor on special teams last season. He was the Bears’ second-leading special-teams tackler with 17, behind only Pro Bowler Corey Graham, who had 22.
DeCicco, a safety/linebacker for Dave Wannstedt at Pittsburgh, was technically the second-team middle linebacker behind Urlacher in training camp. But when Urlacher was slowed by knee problems, the Bears moved strongside linebacker Nick Roach to then middle, with Geno Hayes replacing Roach at the strong side.
Still, the Bears saw DeCicco’s NFL future at linebacker in the middle.
Contributing: Mark Potash