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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Urlacher tests out hamstring in Arizona

By Jeff Dickerson

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher arrived at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday approximately four hours before kickoff to test out his injured hamstring in front of the club’s head athletic trainer Chris Hanks, director of rehabilitation Bobby Slater and a team physician.

Urlacher spent roughly 30 minutes participating in a variety of agility drills, including sideline to sideline and lateral movement running. Urlacher looked to be at full-speed when he attempted on several occasions to drop back into coverage out of his linebacker’s stance. The eight-time Pro Bowler appeared to move well going in and out of his breaks and did not seem to be limited during the workout.

The veteran middle linebacker has been out since he suffered a grade 2 hamstring strain late in the Bears’ overtime defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on December 2.

The feeling inside Halas Hall is that Urlacher could return next week against the Detroit Lions if the game still has postseason implications for the Bears, who enter play this weekend as the No. 7 seed in the NFC playoff picture.

Urlacher was officially ruled out of Sunday’s meeting with the Cardinals earlier in the week.