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Urlacher out for three weeks, maybe longer

CHICAGO — Brian Urlacher acknowledged he could miss the rest of the regular season because of a hamstring injury, meaning the linebacker might have played his last game with the Bears.

In an interview Tuesday with FOX Chicago, Urlacher said doctors told him he could be out "two to four weeks, three, could be four." He has a Grade 2 right hamstring strain.

Urlacher, who has an expiring contract, came up lame on the second-to-last snap of Sunday's overtime loss to Seattle. The eight-time Pro Bowl player said "100 percent, yes," he expects to be ready for the postseason if Chicago makes it.

Of the possibility that he has played his last down for the Bears, Urlacher told the station, "I do not think that's going to happen. But, if it does, I have had a really good and long career so I would be sad, but I would not be crushed."

The Bears also signed linebacker Dom DeCicco to a two-year contract.

FATHER OF RAIDERS COACH DIES: Grady Allen, the father of Raiders coach Dennis Allen and a former NFL linebacker, has died. He was 66. The Raiders said Tuesday that Grady Allen died overnight from cardiac arrest. Dennis Allen left the team Sunday after its loss to Cleveland to be with his father, who was hospitalized last week near Dallas. Dennis Allen is expected to rejoin the team tonight and coach Thursday against Denver. Grady Allen played 59 games in five years as a linebacker with Atlanta.

PAGANO COMPLETES CHEMO: Colts coach Chuck Pagano, being treated for leukemia, completed a course of chemotherapy and could return to coaching for the regular-season finale, the Indianapolis Star reported.

BENGALS: Rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu (foot) was placed on injured reserve, reported.

CARDINALS: Safety Kerry Rhodes confirmed he had a run-in with teammate Darnell Dockett at the end of Sunday's game against the Jets but said reports that Dockett had spit in his face were wrong. … Tight end Todd Heap was released after playing just two games for them this season.

DOLPHINS: Left tackle Jake Long was placed on injured reserve because of a left triceps injury, ending his season and perhaps his tenure with the team. The perennial Pro Bowl pick can become an unrestricted free agent this winter.

LIONS: A municipal judge in Mobile, Ala., dismissed a misdemeanor marijuana charge against defensive tackle Nick Fairley. … Wide receivers Titus Young and Ryan Broyles went on injured reserve. Young was inactive for the past two games after what coach Jim Schwartz called "unacceptable" behavior in a game against Green Bay last month. Broyles needs surgery on his right knee.

PATRIOTS: Punt returner/receiver Julian Edelman went on injured reserve with a foot injury. The team signed receiver Donte' Stallworth, who was released in training camp after signing in the offseason as a free agent.

REDSKINS: The league suspended cornerback Cedric Griffin four games without pay for violating policy on performance enhancing substances. He will miss the rest of the regular season.

SEAHAWKS: They cut receiver Braylon Edwards and placed starting left guard James Carpenter (knee) on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list.

STEELERS: Cornerback Ike Taylor will miss at least two weeks with a fractured right ankle, ending his streak of consecutive games at 135.

TITANS: Starting right tackle David Stewart (broken right leg) is out for the season.

Urlacher out for three weeks, maybe longer 12/04/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:09am]
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