NFL.com came out with the next 10 of its Top 100 players in the NFL this week and Brian Urlacher comes in at 51st a nice little touch of unintended nice symmetry, given that the No. 51 belonged to the Chicago Bears middle linebacker with whom Urlacher is most often compared.
Its worth a look. The commentary from players like Charles Tillman (who belongs on any Top 100 list but probably will be overlooked as he has been for too much of his career) and others, plus video-with-Urlacher-sound, are excellent insights into some of the things you dont always see with 54.
Hes a character, says Tampa Bay center Jeff Faine.
And as far as the clichd age thing catching up with Urlacher, he is still able to make plays on the ball like he did when he was a rookie, Tillman says, adding a fun anecdote about his brother and an Urlacher jersey.
Interesting footnote: The site provides space for voting Underrated or Overrated. Urlacher was pegged as the most overrated player in the NFL while he was in his true prime. Now hes logged 872 votes as Underrated. Go figure.
Be careful if you check out the next-ranked player, Denver rush linebacker Von Miller. A couple of Miller highlights are him taking down Marion Barber and sacking Caleb Hanie in the eminently forgettable Bears-Broncos game last year.
The Bears are getting good news on their injury report, but the Saints definitely are not.
While it sounds like Mitchell Trubisky will return for the Bears, the Saints will be missing both of their backfield starters for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.
Quarterback Drew Brees was already known to miss the game, but now running back Alvin Kamara is officially listed as out with an ankle injury. Kamara had 11 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions for 35 yards in last week’s 13-6 win at Jacksonville, but won’t take on the Bears.
The 24-year-old has 373 rushing yards and 276 receiving yards this season.
Latavius Murray is expected to fill in for Kamara as the starter. Murray has the same 4.3 yards per carry average as Kamara so far this season.
Brees has been out since injuring his thumb in a Week 2 loss at the Rams. Teddy Bridgewater has gone 4-0 as the starting quarterback, but won’t have the threat of Kamara behind him on Sunday.
On top of that, starting tight end Jared Cook is also out with an ankle injury. Cook has 15 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns this season.
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Everything leading into Week 7’s Bears-Saints game makes it sound like Mitchell Trubisky will make his return under center, but officially he’s still questionable.
Trubisky still has that designation despite being a full participant in practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Trubisky has missed the past two games with a left shoulder injury.
Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols and offensive lineman Ted Larsen are also questionable. Nichols was limited in practice on Friday with hand and knee injuries. Larsen was a full go in practice on Friday with a knee injury after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday.
Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe are listed on the injury report, but expected to play.