Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is expected to miss the next three games and possibly the rest of the regular season with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, according to two sources familiar with his injury status. Urlacher hopes to be fully recovered for the playoffs, provided the Bears remain in good postseason standing. A return for the Dec. 30 regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions is a possibility. The eight-time Pro Bowler strained his right hamstring on the second-to-last play of Sunday’s 23-17 overtime loss to the Seahawks.  Urlacher heard a “pop” as he chased Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson near the sideline. It was a non-contact injury.

Urlacher declined to discuss the injury or his playing status when reached by the Tribune. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which confirmed the Grade 2 strain. Urlacher has started in all 16 games in nine of the past 12 seasons. After Sunday’s loss, a team source indicated the Bears needed to prepare to play without Urlacher “for a while.” Nick Roach took over at middle linebacker for the final play of overtime as Geno Hayes slid over to Roach’s spot at strong-side linebacker. This week’s game against the Vikings would be Roach’s fourth career start at middle linebacker. The Bears also had linebacker Dom DeCicco at Halas Hall on Tuesday and re-signed him for depth at the position. If the playoffs started today, the 8-4 Bears would be the fifth seed against the fourth-seeded and NFC East-leading Giants (7-5) on wild-card weekend Jan. 5-6. Such a scenario would give Urlacher a month to fully recover.

Early word is that he should be fine for the postseason and at 8-4 this may end up being a bit of a blessing in disguise if he’s able to rest up and restore the knee and hammy before the playoffs come around. The knee has clearly been bothering and slowing him down of late and there were a handful of plays Sunday where he just wasn’t hitting holes or running well whatsoever. Throw a non-contact injury on top of that and there’s no reason not to be a little overly cautious in the final weeks of the season. Kinda blows that a first round bye is still very much in play but injuries happen to everyone. Take care of Minny and the rematch with Green Bay and the rest will sort itself out.

PS – 54 might wanna hit up Jenny Mac while he’s on bed rest. Broad’s writing blog posts about how she’s so single and horny she’s dry-humping the back of chairs and shit. Crazy slut.