Chicago Bears captain and star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was diagnosed with a grade 2 hamstring strain that will keep him out of action for at least three weeks. Adding insult to injury, the Bears also lost their third straight game this season to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime 23-17.
This is a serious injury as a grade 2 hamstring strain is when one or more muscles of the hamstring tear. The patient might not be able to fully strengthen the knee and putting pressure on the hamstring will only increase the pressure and pain level of the injury. In addition, while the patient heals, they might need crutches. However, there will be a noticeable limp until the hamstring completely heals. It is recommend to take two to three weeks off from any and all physical activity, so that means no practicing, no weight training, just a lot of ice and rest for this Bears great.
Replacing Urlacher at middle linebacker will be journeyman linebacker Blake Costanzo, who has been around the league since 2006. Also brought back three months after receiving an injury settlement from the team is linebacker Dom DeCicco. The Bears defense will look for leadership from players like Lance Briggs and their offense will have to step it up while Urlacher recovers, but that’s just my take. What do you all think? Let me know!
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