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LB URLACHER AMONG BEARS LEAVING INJURED

Undermanned Chicago was hit with more injuries Sunday in a loss to the visiting Seahawks, including to LB Brian Urlacher, above.

Urlacher injured a hamstring in the 23-17 defeat. CB Tim Jennings (shoulder) also was hurt on Seattle's winning drive. WR Earl Bennett (concussion) and S Chris Conte (illness) left earlier.

The Bears already missed returner Devin Hester (concussion), guard Chris Spencer (knee) and G Lance Louis (torn ACL).

Browns employee commits suicide

A member of the Browns' grounds crew killed himself at their practice facility, a team spokesman said. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports identified the man as Eric Eucker. The body was found Saturday in suburban Cleveland.

COSTAS STAND: NBC broadcaster Bob Costas used his halftime segment on Sunday Night Football to advocate for gun control a day after Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide. Costas paraphrased and quoted extensively from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock. Reaction on social media was swift, with many criticizing the broadcaster for expressing his personal views on an entertainment program.

CHIEFS: RB Peyton Hillis scored their first touchdown on the opening drive of a game since Dec. 26, 2010.

DOLPHINS: LT Jake Long left with a left triceps injury. … S Jonathon Amaya, charged with battery Monday after a confrontation with a taxi driver, was inactive.

JETS: TE Dustin Keller (left ankle) and Joe McKnight (ribs) left with injuries.

LIONS: Calvin Johnson had a career-high 13 receptions for 171 yards. He had at least 125 yards receiving for the fifth straight game, matching an NFL record set in 1966 by Pat Studstill of the Lions.

PACKERS: WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and OL T.J. Lang (ankle) were hurt.

RAIDERS: Coach Dennis Allen flew to the Dallas area after the game to be with his father, former NFL linebacker Grady Allen, who has a serious health issue.

STEELERS: CB Ike Taylor has a fibula injury that could be significant, profootballtalk.com reported.

TEXANS: DE J.J. Watt had a sack and two batted passes, joining Reggie White as the only players with at least 15 sacks and 13 passes defensed in a season. Watt has 15½ sacks and 15 passes defensed.

TITANS: RT David Stewart was carted off after breaking his right leg.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

17 Games with 10 or more catches for Patriots WR Wes Welker after he had 12 against Miami; he tied Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for most 10-catch games in NFL history.

Times wires

.TONIGHT

Giants at Redskins

8:30, FedEx Field, Washington

TV/radio: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

NFL news and notes 12/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 12:25am]
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