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Urlacher: Bears had ‘designated dive guy’

Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) warms up before an NFL football game against San Francisco 49ers San Francisco

Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) warms up before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Updated: September 4, 2013 1:41PM



Faking injuries was part of the Bears’ gameplan to slow fast-paced offenses in recent years, former linebacker Brian Urlacher said Tuesday.

Urlacher, who rejected a one-year, $2 million offer from the Bears this offseason and retired, made the assertion in his new role as a Fox Sports 1 analyst.

“We had a guy who was the designated dive guy,” he said.

Urlacher said a Bears coach would simulate a swimmers’ diving motion with his arms from the sideline and the player “would get hurt.”

He said it was beneficial on long drives or early in the season when defenders were more easily gassed.

He said he wouldn’t name the coach who pantomimed in the order.

Curiously, he also said the Bears weren’t coached to fake injuries, per se.

“It wasn’t coached,” he said, “but it was part of our game plan.”

His comments came during a conversation on “Fox Football Daily” about teams faking injuries to slow high-tempo attacks. California fans were upset with Northwestern players for falling to the ground Saturday, though Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald denied his players were acting.

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