Urlacher making no career decision until next offseason

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Urlacher making no career decision until next offseason

Brian Urlacher can only look on as the Bears go through the final stages of the 2012 season without him. The Bears have not consigned him to injured reserve, an indication that his injured hamstring could heal enough for him to play in the postseason.

Beyond that, he wont make any decisions about his future and return from the hamstring injury that put him down in the loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

It feels better every day, Urlacher told former teammate and Comcast SportsNet analyst Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on their Sirius XM Radio Movin the Chains show on Thursday. I keep doing my rehab and doing what Im toldand trying to coach as much as I can when Im on the field at practice.

Urlacher is not thinking that he may have played in his last Bears-Packers game.

Ill cross that bridge when I have to in the offseason, Urlacher said.

That bridge may be tied to the fate of coach Lovie Smith.

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If it comes to pass that Smiths Chicago coaching tenure is brought to a premature end after this season (with one year remaining on his current contract), the organization may need to be prepared for certain ripple effects.

All or most of the staff infrastructure would go with Smith, beginning with coordinators Rod Marinelli and Mike Tice and likely extending through their staffs. Receivers coach Darryl Drake and running backs coach Tim Spencer were holdovers from the original Terry Shea group to Ron Turners staff into Mike Martzs and eventually Tice.

But a new head coach brings in new assistants. Buddy Ryan staying on as defensive coordinator from Neill Armstrong to Mike Ditka was an exception because Ryan had been hired by George Halas, not Armstrong.

Whether Urlacher fits into plans of a new head coach and defensive coordinator is one thing. Whether Urlacher wants to go through another system change at age 35 is another.

Smith has done a great job with our team, Urlacher said. We love playing for him.

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.

The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.

Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.

After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."

Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

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