Urlacher out for year

Published 2:47 am Tuesday, September 15, 2009

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair his dislocated right wrist — a major blow for a team with high expectations.

Team spokesman Jim Christman confirmed a Chicago Tribune report Monday, saying ‘‘Brian did have surgery this morning and he is out for the remainder of the season.’’ Urlacher had said in a text message to the newspaper that his ‘‘season is over.’’

With Urlacher out, Hunter Hillenmeyer could see more time after replacing him on Sunday.

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If the Bears look for outside help, one option might be former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Derrick Brooks. The 36-year-old Brooks, who was cut by Tampa Bay in February, has a good relationship with Bears coach Lovie Smith dating to his days on Tampa Bay’s staff.