McCarthy goes hairless to honor Urlacher

AP

There’s a new Urlacher at middle linebacker in the NFL.  At least in look.

Titans defender Colin McCarthy has shaved his head to honor the man who has retired after 14 NFL seasons.

It’s for [Brian] Urlacher, since he hung it up,” McCarthy tells Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.  “Hopefully it will bring me good luck, and bring me 16 games of playing.”

McCarthy needs all the luck he can get.  A combination of a concussion and an ankle injury kept him out of nine games last season.

“I’m feeling as good as I’ve felt in a long, long time,” McCarthy, who had ankle surgery in January, said.  “It’s good to have all that behind me.  I know I have to get back to my old ways, and now I feel like I’m not that far off.  Things are positive.”

While McCarthy may be available for 16 games, it doesn’t mean he’ll be starting.  Moise Fokou has his sights set on the first-string position.