Chicago Bears star without linebacker Brian Urlacher for an undetermined amount of time after receiving the sad news this week that his mother, Lavoyda Lenard, died at the age of 51.
Urlacher was very close to his mother and in a 2002 interview with ESPN he called "my heart".
Declaration of the organization S Bears Urlacher sayd:
"My mother, Lavoyda, died suddenly on Monday at home in Texas," adding: "Our priority now is with my family to mourn his loss and to make arrangements to give him rest," he added, "This is a time very difficult and exciting for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you. "
The Bears know that Urlacher can not be ready to play Sunday, and acknowledged that he will be sorely missed if not present to take on the New Orleans Saints. Bears receiver Roy Williams told ESPN Chicago:
"It 'will be tough our football team (if Urlacher does not play Sunday)," while adding: .. "Whoever takes his place (if any) is playing well my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family and 'an emotional team leader, so we have their backs."
Bear quart Jay Cutler said Urlacher's presence on the team:
"You can not replace a guy like him," adding: ". Is the heart and soul of this team"
Led by Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears won a 21-13 record and the record of losing 7-8 in matches that has lost since 2008.