Despite Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, it’s difficult to ignore the type of season the Chicago Bears defense has displayed this year as they’ve already recorded seven defensive touchdowns. Unfortunately, the defense could face its toughest challenge yet over the final four weeks of the regular season now that their top leader sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Brian Urlacher is expected to miss at least the next three games while recovering from this injury, but if the Bears were smart–they would strongly consider resting their star linebacker until the playoffs begin in January. No matter how serious the injury may be, Urlacher has always been the type of player that will do whatever it takes to play and you know he’s going to do whatever it takes to return to the field as soon as possible for Chicago–even if it is before the end of the regular season.
However, the Bears need to be extra cautious with Urlacher’s situation and make sure he doesn’t return to the field earlier than he should. With an 8-4 record heading into Week 14, it’s safe to say Chicago will at least earn a Wild Card spot in the playoffs and the more important factor would be to have Urlacher healthy when it matters the most.
Be smart about this decision Chicago–just rest your star linebacker for the remainder of the regular season and avoid any risk of making this injury worse so he’s good to go in January when it matters the most.
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