Bears LB Urlacher out for season with wrist injury
Finally healthy after two years,
His 10th season was off to a good start. And then, it was over.
Chicago’s star linebacker underwent surgery Monday to repair a dislocated right wrist and will not be back this season, a major blow for a team with high expectations.
There was no immediate word from Urlacher other than a text message to the Chicago Tribune that said simply: “season is over.” But coach Lovie Smith said Urlacher clearly was disappointed.
“He had put himself in position to have an outstanding year,” Smith said. “He was playing well in the game before he went down with the injury. Even after the injury to his hand, the competitor in him wanted to continue to play. It’s a tough break. There’s no way around it, but he’s been injured before and he’s come back before.”
The injury occurred in the first quarter of Sunday night’s 21-15 loss at Green Bay, though it was not clear when. Urlacher briefly shook his wrist after tackling
Urlacher played in the second quarter, but left on the
“Talk about a guy that’s a great leader,” said
The arrival of Pro Bowl quarterback
The 31-year-old Urlacher, a six-time Pro Bowler, appeared to be in better shape after being limited by a bad back and neck the past two years.
He looked like his old self midway through the first quarter when he flattened Rodgers just as the quarterback released a pass downfield that a leaping
Urlacher got up and briefly shook his wrist before walking away with what looked like nothing more than a minor injury.
“No one knew the severity of it,” linebacker
Smith dismissed the idea of moving Briggs to the middle, meaning the job is Hillenmeyer’s for now. He also did not rule out bringing in help from the outside.
One option might be former NFL Defensive Player of the Year
“Derrick’s been a great player for a long time in the league,” Smith said. “He’s a linebacker that’s available. We’re looking at all available players, and Derrick would be a part of that. There’s no more than that right now.”
Chicago could also be short-handed in other areas, too, with Pittsburgh coming to town on Sunday.
Smith simply said Clark has a rib injury that will be evaluated. Left guard
“It’s disheartening, but we’ve still got a job to do,” defensive tackle