MINNEAPOLIS -- Good morning from the snowy Upper Midwest. Snow has been falling outside the Metrodome since Saturday night and the snow has begun in Green Bay, Wis., as well, I'm told by reliable sources. Week 14 is gonna be sweet (and slick).
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher has a Grade 2 strain of his hamstring, which typically sidelines players three to six weeks. That would make Urlacher's availability for the playoffs at least in question. And because his contract expires after this season, it's possible that means he has played his last game with the Bears or the NFL. At this point, though, that's a lot of "ifs."
Most of both teams' injured players were ruled out during the week, so there were no surprises among the gameday inactives. The Bears deactivated guard Chris Spencer and nose tackle Stephen Paea, leaving bigger roles for Edwin Williams and Matt Toeaina, respectively.