Brian Urlacher might play for Chicago Bears in Week 17

By Kevin Patra
Published: Dec. 24, 2012 at 07:11 a.m.

Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was spotted testing out his injured hamstring Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, prior to the 28-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Coach Lovie Smith wished the news hadn't gotten out, but acknowledged that Urlacher could play Week 17 against the Detroit Lions.

"Chance. I would just say he is making a lot of improvement," Smith said, via the Chicago Tribune. "We didn't want to let anyone see him running out there, but I know he is feeling pretty good about where he is. If he's ready to go, good. If not, Nick Roach is doing a great job."

The Bears snapped a three-game losing skid Sunday and moved to 1-2 in the three games without Urlacher after he suffered the hamstring injury in overtime of Week 13s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

A Week 17 win would put the Bears in position to make the playoffs if the Green Bay Packers knock off the Minnesota Vikings later in the day.