LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher expressed mixed feelings about the prospect of never again competing against Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, who isn't likely to take the field Monday night when the teams meet at TCF Bank Stadium.
"I like playing against Favre," Urlacher said Friday. "He's a competitor. It stinks to see him go out the way he did with an injury like that."
Still hampered by hand numbness from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for last Monday's game, which ended his NFL-record streak of 297 consecutive starts, Favre took a pragmatic viewpoint Thursday on his situation.
Favre suffered his latest injury setback during the first series of Minnesota's 38-14 win on Dec. 5 over Buffalo.
"It's probably a lot more important to people that it not end on a hit, [an] injury against Buffalo," Favre said. "That very well could be the last play. I don't look at it that way. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. I'm not gonna beat myself up over it one way or another. If it's meant to be over, then so be it."
Although Urlacher mentioned that it "would stink" to never again play against Favre, the linebacker said "it's not hurting my feelings or anything [that] we're not playing against him."
Teammate Lance Briggs said he wanted to play against Favre on Monday night, and added that he's "a little" disappointed.
"Either way, I have memories," Briggs said. "We all have memories; from a child to the age of 30. I can live with that."
Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.