Lovie Smith defends Brian Urlacher

Updated: December 20, 2012, 2:33 PM ET

Coach Lovie Smith defended Brian Urlacher, who criticized Chicago Bears fans for booing the team at Soldier Field on Sunday, saying the star linebacker "cares about the fans."

"We're hopeful we'll have a lot of our fans in Arizona with us cheering us on," Smith said Wednesday as the Bears prepared for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. "Brian and the rest of the guys all feel that way. I think we all know that."

Urlacher said the booing at Soldier Field -- after ...

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