Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Sep 2009

UPDATE: Brian Urlacher Out for Season with Dislocated Wrist

An update on Brian Urlacher: the Chicago Tribune is now reporting that Urlacher's dislocated wrist will cost him the entire season, not just 4-6 weeks. If true, this is a huge blow to the Bears, and substantially changes the outlook for the NFC North.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 14 Sep 2009

26 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2009, 12:05pm by tuluse


by Lou :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 2:45am

damn it. the d was actually looking pretty good overall, until that jennings TD.

by js200 :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 3:57am

I disagree; I thought the defense looked pretty sloppy. They were able to partly contain Green Bay, but received help from a couple of drops and penalties.

Lovie's formula, unfortunately, looks like last year's. Fill the gaps with LBs, blitz constantly and hope the secondary holds up. The problem is that the linebacking corps aren't very good at blitzing (watch Urlacher completely miss Rodgers in the first half), the secondary can't be relied on and despite sending five or six guys Chicago too often fails to apply decent pressure.

The front four's penetration did look all right at times, but Ogunleye won't have the luxury of facing guys named Allen Babre every week.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 9:56am

Yeah, outside of Ogunleye I thought the D didn't look good at all. Had Rodgers been on the mark the Packers would have had several long TD passes, but his accuracy was spotty. I thought the Bears looked lousy.

by Anonymous7777 (not verified) :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 11:19am

Really? 226 total yards against a supposedly great offense. And 50 of those came on the last play of the game for the Pack. That's a really good effort, regardless of what happened to Urlacher.

by PoorUrlacher (not verified) :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 10:16am

Here we go Steelers!

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 10:30am

I hate the injury luck factor. Really, really, really hate it.

I couldn't figure out for sure last night if we were seeing two good performances from defensive fronts, or two really crappy performances from the offensive lines. I suspect it was more of the latter, and the most surprising thing to me was that it looks like Pace really is just a shell of his former self. I haven't watched the Rams a lot in recent years, but I thought perhaps Pace might snap back more from some bad injury years.

I missed it; when did the Bears re-sign Grossman?

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 10:58am

Other than Ogunleye running past the sieve known as Barbre, I didn't think the Bears pass defense looked all that great. The Packers WRs dropped several passes, especially Nelson, and Rodgers missed some wide open targets. Their run defense looked good until Urlacher went out. I'm not sure the Packers defense played all that great. I live in St Louis and thought Pace was done last year. I was thrilled when the Bears signed him and expected him to be an upgrade. (I think Chris Williams would have been a better LT option, even coming off a missed rookie season.) Cutler, like You Know Who, is a streak QB and will occasionally have a dud game. He just had one last night. If both QBs had their typical game, the score ends up somewhere around 31-30.

Last night also showed just how much the Packers missed Cullen Jenkins. Their defense was decent last year until he was injured. Also, I believe Grossman signed with the Texans. Can't remember who backs up Cutler.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 11:15am

I was being a sarcastic jerk, steve. Ol' Sexy Rexy seemed to have possessed Cutler last night.

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 1:20pm

I wouldn't say jerk. It's actually a pretty funny comment. I'm just a little slow some Mondays.

by Noah Arkadia :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 2:03pm

Still slow...

by Jeremiah (not verified) :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 10:47am
by Will Allen (not verified) :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 11:12am

Good grief, that sucks.

by ChiJeff (not verified) :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 11:09am

I disagree with the assessment on the Bears defense. I felt they played very well. Alot of those " missed open recievers "
were due to Rodgers running for his life or being hit on his release. They played solid run defense and only gave up 184 yds passing to a very good qb. To hold a team to 224 yards total is pretty impressive.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 1:52pm

A quick look at the box score on ESPN says the Bears had 9 QB hits, and Ogunleye had five of them. He also had the only two sacks that didn't come from DB blitzes. Rodgers just plain missed a couple throws he should have made (and had made in the preseason).

by Noah Arkadia :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 2:08pm

There were also a ton of drops, but I think the defense played well regrdless. Most of that was Ogunleye, but he's part of that defense, so I don't see how we can discount that.

As to Cutler, it seemed he and his WRs weren't on the same page.

by alsep73 :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 11:55am

And, of course, I have the Bears as my fantasy defense. Time to start comparing the most recent KUBIAK to what's available on our waiver wire, just in case...

by dianagram :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 12:23pm

Al Michaels jinxed it by stating early in the contest that the Bears and Urlacher were really excited that Brian was completely healthy for the first time in 2 years ...

by Joe T. :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 12:25pm

Why would a dislocated wrist cost him his season? I've seen club-sized casts on some players. I can see where it would limit him, but is it worth putting him on IR?

by Arkaein :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 1:18pm

I think the club casts are mostly used for hand injuries where the forearm can stabilize the hand. For a wrist injury I could see needing a cast all the way up to the elbow to fully immobilize the wrist (imagine someone yanking on Urlacher's hand with a cast that only covered the forearm, the cast could slide and put tension directly on the wrist). I'm not doctor though.

Also, I think most hand casts are worn by linemen, who don't have as much need to grab people, Even defensive linemen. A linebacker absolutely needs his hands for making wrap up tackles.

by mm (not verified) :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 2:16pm

Last year then-rookie Tracy Porter of the Saints was out for the season after dislocating his wrist in the 5th game of the season.

by bob (not verified) :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 1:52pm

Anybody else know this was coming as soon as the announcers started talking about how this season was going to be totally different for Urlacher because he was healthy?

Of course he STARTS healthy. Derrr.

by D :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 1:53pm

Well this is certainly a crappy way to start my week.

by ChiJeff (not verified) :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 2:18pm

RE: 17

Sure, the box score said 9 qb hits but that does not take in account pressure and Aaron Rodgers general discomfort in the pocket for most of the game. Preseason is waaayyyy different than regular season. There were some dropped passes but that happens in every game.

by Telamon :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 3:44pm

I'd just like to point out that ESPN, right above the "Urlacher out for the season" headline, has one of those creepy football skin ads featuring none other than Urlacher himself, with the line "Click here to unleash Urlacher." Oh, if only it were that easy.

I kinda think he deserves the injury for being in this terrible ad campaign. It creeps me out.

by rlm24d :: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 3:57pm

Adam Schefter talking like Derrick Brooks may be coming to Chicago here in the near future. If so, I've got plenty of questions. Like, is Derrick Brooks still alive? And if so, who's going to play in the middle? I couldn't care less about Jay Cutler, but I was excited about a lot of the things the Bears did on defense yesterday. Now I've just got a headache.

by tuluse :: Wed, 09/16/2009 - 12:05pm

This has been by far the most depressing opener I've experienced as a Bears fan.