Brian Urlacher reportedly could miss four games


Brian Urlacher is suddenly a huge question mark for the Chicago Bears.

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The veteran linebacker could miss the remainder of the regular season due to the right hamstring injury he suffered Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, reportedly has a Grade 2 hamstring strain. It's possible Urlacher will return for the regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 30, but Urlacher could be sidelined until the playoffs -- assuming the 8-4 Bears advance.

It was reported earlier Tuesday that Chicago signed linebacker Dom DeCicco to the 53-man roster, bringing back DeCicco three months after he was released with an injury settlement.

Though DeCicco played some middle linebacker when Urlacher was sidelined with a knee injury in training camp, he won't fill Urlacher's role going forward. The Bears finished Sunday's game with Nick Roach in the middle and Geno Hayes sliding into Roach's normal spot at strongside linebacker. A similar set up can be expected on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Urlacher isn't close to the player he was earlier in his career, but he remains a capable performer with obvious leadership abilities. The Bears are 7-15 in games without Urlacher dating back to his rookie season in 2000.

Update: Urlacher told Fox Chicago that he could be out "two to four weeks" but he expected to be back if the Bears make the postseason.

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