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Urlacher making no career decision until next offseason

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Urlacher making no career decision until next offseason

Brian Urlacher can only look on as the Bears go through the final stages of the 2012 season without him. The Bears have not consigned him to injured reserve, an indication that his injured hamstring could heal enough for him to play in the postseason.

Beyond that, he wont make any decisions about his future and return from the hamstring injury that put him down in the loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

It feels better every day, Urlacher told former teammate and Comcast SportsNet analyst Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on their Sirius XM Radio Movin the Chains show on Thursday. I keep doing my rehab and doing what Im toldand trying to coach as much as I can when Im on the field at practice.

Urlacher is not thinking that he may have played in his last Bears-Packers game.

Ill cross that bridge when I have to in the offseason, Urlacher said.

That bridge may be tied to the fate of coach Lovie Smith.

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If it comes to pass that Smiths Chicago coaching tenure is brought to a premature end after this season (with one year remaining on his current contract), the organization may need to be prepared for certain ripple effects.

All or most of the staff infrastructure would go with Smith, beginning with coordinators Rod Marinelli and Mike Tice and likely extending through their staffs. Receivers coach Darryl Drake and running backs coach Tim Spencer were holdovers from the original Terry Shea group to Ron Turners staff into Mike Martzs and eventually Tice.

But a new head coach brings in new assistants. Buddy Ryan staying on as defensive coordinator from Neill Armstrong to Mike Ditka was an exception because Ryan had been hired by George Halas, not Armstrong.

Whether Urlacher fits into plans of a new head coach and defensive coordinator is one thing. Whether Urlacher wants to go through another system change at age 35 is another.

Smith has done a great job with our team, Urlacher said. We love playing for him.

Podcast: Albert Almora Jr. dishes on his role and the Cubs’ unsung hero that keeps things loose behind the scenes

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Podcast: Albert Almora Jr. dishes on his role and the Cubs’ unsung hero that keeps things loose behind the scenes

Albert Almora Jr. joins Kelly Crull on the Cubs Talk Podcast to weigh in on a variety of topics, including his budding bromance with rumored Cubs target Manny Machado, his expanded role and how he spends his time off away from the ballpark.

Plus, Almora has a surprise pick for the organization’s unsung hero, stating the Cubs would’ve never won the World Series without this guy.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bulls Talk Podcast: How NBA Draft combine impacted mock drafts

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Bulls Talk Podcast: How NBA Draft combine impacted mock drafts

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill discuss the NBA Draft and what happened at the NBA combine that shifted most experts mock drafts.

Kendall also explains why a "promise" to draft a player isn’t guaranteed. He also shares his experience on getting drafted by the Hornets and why he initially felt they were the wrong team for him.

North Carolina "News and Observer" Duke basketball beat writer Jonathan Alexander gives us his opinion on Wendell Carter and the other Duke draft prospects including why he thinks Carter will be a future all-star. Also includes an interview with Carter from the draft combine.

Listen to the full Bulls Talk Podcast right here: