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.
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.