Brian Urlacher's Bears career reportedly in jeopardy

  • By Kareem Copeland
  • Around the League Writer
  • Updated: Dec. 9, 2012 at 11:53 a.m.

The hamstring tear that has sidelined Brian Urlacher could end the future Hall of Famer's career, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

The Chicago Bears middle linebacker has a Grade 2 hamstring tear that typically keeps players out 3-6 weeks. It's a possibility that Urlacher is not ready to return before Bears season is over -- whether that's in the regular season or playoffs.

Sources told Schefter "it's not out of the realm of possibility" Urlacher could retire after the season. He'll be a free agent in the spring and has had no "substantial" talks with the organization. That could mean Urlacher has played his final game.

It's hard to believe the eight-time Pro Bowl, four-time All-Pro and 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year would call it quits just like that. He seemed to enjoy this particular Bears team, which rolled through the first half of the season. They've lost three of four and will miss Urlacher. Most would want at least one more run with this group if an injury ended their season.