Bears' Urlacher says he could be out for rest of year

  • Updated: December 5, 2012 - 12:06 AM
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Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher watches from the sideline in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. The Bears beat the Titans 51-20.

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

In an interview Tuesday with FOX Chicago, Urlacher said doctors tell him he could be out "two to four weeks, three, could be four." The Chicago Tribune, citing sources, reported earlier in the day that he was expected to miss three games and possibly the rest of the regular season because of a Grade 2 right hamstring strain.

Urlacher came up lame in coverage on the second-to-last snap Sunday in an overtime loss to Seattle. The Bears (8-4) have four games left, starting this week at Minnesota. Urlacher's contract is expiring, meaning he might not suit up for them again.

Ex-Viking suspended

Washington Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.

The suspension, announced Tuesday, begins immediately. He will miss the rest of the regular season. Griffin, 30, signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Redskins in March after six seasons with the Vikings, four of them as a starter before ACL injuries in both knees slowed him.

Starr collapses, is OK

Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr collapsed during a speech in Madison, Wis., on Tuesday. Conference organizers said he appears to be OK.

The Packers great finished speaking at the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority conference, then collapsed on stage. Authority spokesman Kevin Fischer said Starr then sat up and said he was fine.

Belcher's last night

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher spent part of early Saturday at a woman's apartment and stayed until 6:30 a.m. before going home, killing his longtime girlfriend and later himself, Kansas City police said Tuesday.

Police officers had contact with Belcher outside the apartment building about 2:50 a.m. after getting a report of a suspicious car that had been in the parking lot for about two hours with its lights on. Officers found the car, and saw a man sleeping in the driver's seat. They woke the man -- later identified as Belcher -- and asked what he was doing. He said he was waiting for his girlfriend who lived in the building, said police spokesman Darin Snapp.

He made a call from his cell phone, Snapp said, and a short time later, a woman let him inside the building. Police left because Belcher had no outstanding warrants and had committed no crimes. He was very cooperative, Snapp said.

A woman who lives at the apartment building confirmed to the Kansas City Star that Belcher had stayed at her apartment, on a couch. She said the woman who Belcher was trying to visit was asleep. That's why Belcher couldn't reach her.

Injury news

Left tackle Jake Long was placed on injured reserve by the Dolphins because of a left triceps injury. ... New England receiver and punt returner Julian Edelman is out for the season after suffering a foot injury Sunday against Miami. ... Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Tawill will miss at least two weeks because of a fractured right ankle.

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