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Brian Urlacher returns to practice, doubtful for Sunday

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If the Bears do advance to the playoffs, it looks like linebacker Brian Urlacher would have a good chance of playing in their first game.

His chances of helping them get to the playoffs are still up in the air. Urlacher, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, was able to return to the practice field on Friday for the Bears. Coach Lovie Smith said he was “encouraged” Urlacher was able to practice, but still referred to him as doubtful to play in the game because they wanted to see how he responded to the practice. Smith then grew a little peeved at more questions about Urlacher’s status.

“You guys can write whatever you want to about Brian. I can”t tell you any more,” Smith said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “So you can talk amongst yourselves to try and figure that out. He had a limited practice. He hadn’t done anything and today he was able to do a little bit. I can’t give you much more than that. All right?”

With a playoff spot and his own future possibly on the line, you’d imagine that the Smith will give Urlacher every opportunity to get on the field as long as the state of his hamstring won’t limit him to the point that he can’t help the defense. We’re not sure where Smith would draw that line, but it’s probably best not to ask him.

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6 Responses to “Brian Urlacher returns to practice, doubtful for Sunday”
  1. larryboodry says: Dec 28, 2012 4:37 PM

    I hope he plays, but at least Forte is good to go.

  2. whatjusthapped says: Dec 28, 2012 4:53 PM

    The Bears are better off with him. Don’t believe me, just ask Finley.

  3. staffordsyear says: Dec 28, 2012 9:12 PM

    Had a pretty good career brian..have a great retirement.

  4. chi01town says: Dec 28, 2012 9:47 PM

    Im NOT exactly a Urlacher fan this season but I have to admit the defense is better with him than with
    out him. Urlacher is also Lovie’s #1 man in the locker room. Urlacher needs to play now. the playoffs are NOT a given

  5. chi01town says: Dec 29, 2012 7:29 AM

    The Bears will WIN this game with or without Urlacher. But I dont think they will make the playoffs. The Vikings gone beat greenbay. Lovie has to go and take Tice with you. Emery dont let Lovie drag you down the same hole he did Jerry cause Lovie knows his way out but you dont. Jerry is still stuck in that hole

  6. iowahbr says: Dec 30, 2012 11:52 AM


    A liitle coach PR 101, the reporters have a job to do and your getting catty with them doesn’t make their job or your job any easier.

    You don’t need to be Rex Ryan-2 but 9 years of all this dumb stuff is enough.

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