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Bears' Urlacher could miss rest of regular season

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Bears' Urlacher could miss rest of regular season

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

In an interview Tuesday with FOX Chicago, Urlacher said doctors told 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, who has an expiring contract, came up lame in coverage on the second-to-last snap of Sunday's overtime loss to Seattle. The eight-time Pro Bowl player said ``100 percent, yes,'' he expects to be ready for the postseason, assuming they make it.

That's not quite a given at the moment, even though they're tied with Green Bay for the NFC North lead at 8-4. A win at Minnesota this week would go a long way toward securing a spot, but with four games left, they still have some work to do.

Their only remaining home game is against the Packers, and after that, they travel to Arizona and Detroit. They've been banged up lately and dropped three of four, so the Bears are hardly peaking at the moment.

With an uncertain future in Chicago, it's possible Urlacher has played his final down for the Bears.

``I do not think that's going to happen,'' he told the TV station. ``But, if it does, I have had a really good and long career so I would be sad, but I would not be crushed.''

He's been slowed by a knee injury this year and clearly isn't as explosive.

Now, he's dealing with the hamstring issue.

Without Urlacher, Nick Roach figures to move from strong side to middle linebacker with Geno Hayes likely starting at strong side linebacker.

The Bears also signed linebacker Dom DeCicco to a two-year deal Tuesday to add depth at the position. He appeared in in all 16 games for Chicago last season and finished second on the team with 17 special teams tackles.

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Maryland Gov. Hogan wants new Redskins stadium, but won't use public money

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Maryland Gov. Hogan wants new Redskins stadium, but won't use public money

As attendance slumps at FedEx Field this season it's become quite clear the Redskins need a new stadium. By all accounts the team is working hard towards that end. 

News emerged last week that the Redskins are working with the Trump administration and D.C. government officials to get back to the RFK Stadium site. It's far from a done deal, but there is some progress. 

Fans remember RFK fondly, as it was the site of the team's greatest seasons. Every Super Bowl team the Redskins ever fielded called the East Capitol Street stadium home. 

Since 1997, however, the Redskins have played at FedEx Field in Maryland, and it appears Governor Larry Hogan doesn't want to lose the team either. Speaking with reporters, Hogan revealed his plans to get a new stadium adjacent to the MGM National Harbor casino in Oxon Hill. 

The Washington Post reported that Hogan has begun the process of a potential "land swap" with the federal government. Maryland would surrender lands in the western portion of the state in return for the parcel of land next to the casino to develop a new Redskins stadium. 

Nothing is official, but conversations have been ongoing between the Hogan administration and the Department of the Interior. There is one important caveat, however, that Hogan wanted to make clear. 

"We are not going to build a billionaire’s stadium, either,” ­Hogan said. “We have no interest whatsoever, and there have been no discussions, ever, about us spending one penny in construction."

The Redskins' lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027, but sources have told NBC Sports Washington that if the team builds a new stadium in Prince Georges County, those terms could change. The Oxon Cove site would be in Prince Georges County. 

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As Redskins offense continues to struggle, Jay Gruden reveals 'the curse'

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As Redskins offense continues to struggle, Jay Gruden reveals 'the curse'

The Redskins average fewer than 20 points-per-game. The Redskins rank 27th in the NFL in yards-per-game. The stats are bad for the Washington offense, and watching the games, it makes sense. 

For a Jay Gruden team, it's odd that the Redskins can't move the ball. Even when Alex Smith was healthy at quarterback, the offense still struggled. 

Watching the games all season, the offense has often been ugly. On Wednesday, Gruden revealed what he believes to be the root cause for the problems. 

"The big thing is we have way, way too many negative runs. Negative runs have been the death, that and penalties, both of those two things have been the curse of this offense and that kills our drives, that kills our momentum, that kills our ability to call plays, keeping everything open in the playbook," Gruden said. 

The coach isn't wrong. 

The Redskins have 24 false start penalties in 13 games, 2nd in the NFL. The Redskins have 27 offensive holding penalties, the most in the NFL. 

Penalties have been a persistent problem all season, as have the negative runs. 

Using data from the NFL, the Redskins have 19 negative rushes when they run to the right. That's tied for the worst in the league. The Redskins have another 26 negative runs to the center or left of the offensive line. 

Teams can't win when they don't run the football, and the Redskins can't run the football with their current penalty problems and negative plays. 

"When you have second and 18, and third and 15, your playbook goes down," Gruden said. "When you're first and 10, second and six and third and two, everything is open and we haven’t had that luxury."

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