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Thursday
Sep052013

Brian Urlacher Says Players Would Fake Injuries on Field

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Now that he's retired, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher revealed a secret from his playing days: his former team, along with other teams in the NFL, would have a player fake an injury during a game to slow down the clock.

Urlacher's revelation isn't the first time it's been suggested that players fake injuries to stop opposing offenses from constantly firing off plays and wearing out defenses.

'We had a guy who was the designated dive guy," Urlacher said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Urlacher added that even coaches were in on the act. He claims that a Bears' coach would simulate the diving motion a swimmer makes with his arms, which would signal a player to go down.

Even though it was common practice, Urlacher says that it was never actually practiced when the Bears would prepare for an upcoming game.

Urlacher played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with the Bears. He made eight Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL's All-Pro team five times. He retired during the offseason.

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Wednesday
May222013

Brian Urlacher Retires

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears, free-agent linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement on Wednesday.

"After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire," Urlacher said in a statement he posted on Twitter.

"Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that's up to my standards," he continued. "When considering this along with the fact I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear."

The eight-time Pro Bowler and the Bears were unable to reach a contract during the offseason.

Urlacher was the defensive player of the year in 2005 and leaves as the Bears' franchise leader in tackles with 1,779.  He finishes with 41.5 career sacks and 22 interceptions.

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Wednesday
Apr032013

Bears Not Ruling Out Reunion with Brian Urlacher

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Only a short time ago, it seemed like the Chicago Bears and longtime linebacker Brian Urlacher were ready to part ways, but now the door has been reopened.

Chairman George McCaskey didn't rule out a return.

"It's up to the market and Phil [Emery, general manger] and Marc [Trestman, head coach]," McCaskey told John Mullin of CSNChicago.com. "Phil said it's a process and we'll just go through it and see what happens."

Urlacher was released by the team shortly after the offseason ended after Urlacher played his entire 13-year career with the Bears. Injuries have slowed him down in recent years, and the team though it'd be better to move in a new direction.

Urlacher played in 12 games last year and recorded 68 tackles. He has recorded over 100 tackles and is considered one of the greatest players in franchise history.

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Saturday
Mar232013

Bears Sign D.J. Williams

NFL via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bears have filled their hole at linebacker.

The Bears signed former Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams to a one-year deal on Friday after they could not reach a deal with long-time Bear Brian Urlacher.

The deal is for $900,000, but can be worth as much as $1.75 million if Williams reaches incentives.

"We are happy to welcome D.J. to the Bears and are excited to start working with him," Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement.

Williams was suspended for six games last season after two separate drug test issues. Then, comissioner Roger Goodell added three more games to the punishment after Williams was found guilty of driving while impaired during an incident in 2010.

The 30-year old made 141 tackles in 2007, a career-high.

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Thursday
Mar212013

Urlacher Won't Return to Bears

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Brian Urlacher's 13-year career with the Chicago Bears is over. The Bears announced Wednesday that they will not be re-signing the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker.

According to sources of ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Bears' offered Urlacher a one-year contract worth $2 million. Urlacher countered by asking for a one-year contract worth $3.5 million and incentives that would add another $500,000, according to sources of ESPN's Ed Werder, but the Bears wouldn't bite.

"We were unable to reach an agreement with Brian and both sides have decided to move forward," Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement."Brian has been an elite player in our league for over a decade. He showed great leadership and helped develop a winning culture over his time with the Bears. We appreciate all he has given our team, on and off the field."

The 34-year-old Urlacher played in 12 games last season before missing the last four with a hamstring injury. He had 68 tackles, two forced fumbles and one touchdown before the injury.

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Sunday
Nov042012

Bears Force Five Turnovers, Crush Titans 51-20

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Chicago Bears scored on special teams, defense and offense while forcing five turnovers Sunday on their way to crushing the Tennessee Titans (3-6), 51-20.

Brian Urlacher had a pick-six and Charles Tillman forced four fumbles in the victory.

"We've been waiting for Brian to step up like that. Outstanding job by him...touchdown...caused fumble...recovered fumble," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. "The defense was really a frenzy out there taking the ball away. That's what we are. That's what the guys believe they can do every play. And that's the mindset."

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes, all to receiver Brandon Marshall.

The Bears head home next weekend to take on the Houston Texans, while the Titans go to Miami to take on the Dolphins.

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Monday
Sep032012

Bears' Brian Urlacher Declares He'll Be Ready to Play Week 1

Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Despite missing all of the preseason, including practice, with a knee injury, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher still expects to play in the team's season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Urlacher suffered a sprained medial collateral and posterior cruticate ligaments in his left knee in the last game of regular season in 2011. On August 14, Urlacher underwent an arthroscopic clean-up procedure to help heal the injury.

The 34-year-old Urlacher told WFLD-Channel 32's "The Final Word" that his knee "isn't the same anymore" and "will never be the same," but later said that "I'm playing Sunday. That's a done deal."

"(The left knee) feels much better now," Urlacher also said. "I have been running around quite a bit, not with the team in practice, I have been taking it really slow like Coach Smith said we would. Everything they are going to let me do, I'll do. There is going to be some restrictions on what I can do because they don't want to overwork me too early."

Urlacher is entering his 13th season with the Bears. This past season, Urlacher recorded 102 tackles and had three interceptions.

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Sunday
Aug122012

Bears' Brian Urlacher Vows He'll Be Ready For Season Opener

Adam Bettcher /Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Long time Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered last season and has yet to practice with the team, but he remains confident he'll be ready for the team's first game of the season.

"September 9th I'll be ready to play for sure. That's really all that matters to me," Urlacher said. "I'd love to be out there, but I'm not going to put myself in jeopardy of missing the first game."

Urlacher says he is slowly but surely getting healthy but won't risk any further injury until he's comfortable enough to return to the field.

Despite the fact that he's entering his 13th NFL season (all with Chicago), the 34-year old Urlacher is still the heart and soul of the Bears' stout defense. Over the span of his career, Urlacher has amassed 1,285 tackles as well as 21 interceptions. Last season he recorded 102 tackles.

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Sunday
May272012

Bears Linebacker Brian Urlacher Intrigued By Free Agency

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since 2000, Brian Urlacher has been the middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears and one of the prominent faces of the franchise. Set to become a free agent following the 2012 season, Urlacher may want to test the free agent market and explore his opportunities to play elsewhere.

The 12-year NFL veteran recently celebrated his 34th birthday, so he knows that his next contract will likely be his last. He enters the final year of a five-year contract extension he signed with the Bears in 2008.

"It's kind of exciting. I've never been a free agent," Urlacher said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "So if I can get to free agency we'll see what happens. I no doubt want to finish my career here. There's no doubt about that. But you bring in free agency and all that you just never know what's gonna happen."

Urlacher is currently recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the final game of the 2011 regular season. He is expected to fully recovered by training camp in July.

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Bears Reward Linebacker Lance Briggs With Three-Year Extension

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- At one point earlier in his career, Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs was so unhappy with his contract status that he wanted to be traded from the team. Now, the Bears will likely have Briggs under contract for the rest of his career. The has signed Briggs to a three-year contract extension worth $17.5 million.

In 2012, Briggs will earn $3 million in signing bonus, a $3 million base salary, and an additional $250,000 workout bonus. In total, Briggs will earn $6.25 million in 2012. He would have received only $4 million under his original deal in 2012.

Briggs was drafted by the Bears in the third round of the 2003 draft. In his nine seasons with the Bears, he along with fellow linebacker Brian Urlacher helped build the foundation of an always-stout defense.

The 31-year-old Briggs has been named to seven straight Pro Bowls, and has amassed 969 tackles and 10.5 sacks while in the NFL. This past season, Briggs made 105 tackles along with one interception.

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