There are certain things that will make me not want to eat or sleep for several days. When I heard the news that Brian Urlacher will be out at least three weeks with an injured hamstring, it pushed me over the top on what has already been a pretty crappy week as a Chicago Bears fan.
It wasn’t bad enough that Lovie Smith gave away a game last Sunday (let me rephrase that: he gave away a game early that led to the end result), but now the Bears are without the heart and soul of their defense. Watching Urlacher limp off the field in the team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks just seemed so appropriate. Now the team will attempt to limp its way into the playoffs. Didn’t we see this same episode last season? The Bears look like they’re in great position to make the playoffs, find ways to lose games late in the season, and watch the post season from their couches. There’s no guarantees in football, but there is plenty of disappointment. Today’s news has me pounding the panic button.
As we’ve learned with the Bears, they’ve never been completely forthright about injuries. For all we know, Urlacher is done for the year and they’re trying to sugar coat the whole thing. Considering all the leg issues Urlacher has been dealing with this season, calling this a three-week injury is quite optimistic. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see him again this season. And even sadder, ever again as a Bear. It is a bad ending to a magnificent career.
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