It means they have lost the heart to the defense, but it doesn't mean they lose their best linebacker. That's Lance Briggs. Young players Jamar Williams or Nick Roach or the newly signed Tim Shaw, who was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars, were in the mix to take over for Urlacher but the Bears are turning veteran Hunter Hillenmeyer, who has started on the outside.
Urlacher hasn't played that well the past two years. But he did have a good off-season and the Bears were excited about the way he played this summer and thought it would carry over to the regular season.
Now he's gone after dislocating his wrist in the Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday night.
One has to wonder if this is the end of the Urlacher we came to know four years ago, that run-and-chase explosive linebacker.
It's funny how the NFL works. When he first came into the league, Urlacher was overrated. Then he was really good, and people didn't notice as much as they should. Now his talent level is decreasing for age, so he has to make up for it with hard work and more film study.
Sometimes players seemed jinxed by injuries. Urlacher might be one of those guys.