Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
Posted: 10:45 p.m.
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According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Brian Urlacher plans on playing against New Orleans on Sunday.
"The situation is very delicate, obviously, but I am told Brian Urlacher plans on playing for Bears Sunday at Saints," Biggs said via Twitter late Wednesday night.
Urlacher's mother, Lavoyda passed away of natural causes at the age of 51. Urlacher issued a statement Wednesday on his mother's passing, "My first priority right now is to be with my family as we mourn her loss and make the arrangements to lay her to rest. This is a very difficult and emotional time for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you."
Williams shows his support for Urlacher
Several teammates showed their support for their team leader. Roy Williams said, "My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, but he's the emotional leader of this football team, so we've got his back."
If Urlacher isn't able to go against the Saints, it's expected that rookie Dom DeCicco or veteran Nick Roach will shift over to the middle linebacker spot.
On Wednesday, Urlacher was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Falcons. Urlacher recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. He also tied for the team lead with 10 tackles and made a diving interception off Atlanta quarterback, Matt Ryan.
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To the surprise of absolutely no one, Bears' kicker Eddy Piñeiro was named NFC special teams player of the week today.
This probably had something to do with it:
Piñeiro's Sunday in Denver also included makes from 40 and 52. He's now 4-4 on FG attempts on the year, and is the only kicker in the NFL who has a 100% completion rate from 50+ yards (2/2).
Per a Bears press released, Sunday was marked the first time a Bears kicker made two 50+ yard field goals in the same game since Week 12 of the 2011 season at the Raiders.
Denver Broncos superstar pass-rusher Von Miller is one of the most feared defenders in the NFL. He can single-handedly destroy an offense's gameplan, and in Sunday's Week 2 matchup against the Chicago Bears, it was up to Charles Leno and Bobby Massie to make sure he didn't make a game-changing sack of Mitch Trubisky.
The Bears' offensive line wasn't perfect in Denver, but they checked one of the biggest boxes of the week by keeping Miller away from Trubisky all afternoon. According to Pro Football Focus, Miller made no impact -- literally none -- as a pass rusher.
Miller entered the 2019 season with five-straight seasons of double-digit sacks, including 14.5 in 2018. His rare talent, combined with the defensive genius of Vic Fangio, appeared like a mission-impossible in Week 2. But Leno and Massie answered the call in dominant fashion. They both finished the game with top-10 grades on Chicago's offense, per PFF.
To be fair, Miller registered an elite grade against the run in Week 2, but his 49.3 pass-rush grade was the worst on the Broncos defense. You read that right; Miller was Denver's worst pass-rusher Sunday.
Kudos to Leno and Massie for a job well done.