Bears Vs. Vikings: Bears Defeat Vikings 17-13

Bears finish season 8-8 after victory over Vikings.

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Brian Urlacher Injury Update: Chicago Bears LB To Miss Pro Bowl

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher told reporters on Tuesday that he will not be playing in this year's Pro Bowl, which occurs on Jan. 29. The star defender was voted onto the team by fans, but he's still recovering from a tough knee injury that he sustained in Chicago's final game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings.


Related: Report: Bears LB Brian Urlacher injured both MCL and PCL, but will not require surgery

Surgery will not be necessary on Urlacher's left knee after injuring his MCL and PCL during Week 17, but he isn't going to push himself to play any earlier than he should. The injury usually takes about 10 weeks to heal, but he told ESPN's "The Waddle & Silvy Show" that he's optimistic about his rehab:

Once I get the rehab done and get this thing back to where it was before, there will be no worries in my mind, and I don't think it will take 10 weeks. I feel like I heal up pretty quick. I'll do exactly what they tell me to do, but I don't think it will take that long.

Urlacher is still one of the most important players on Chicago despite his advancing age, and the 33-year-old continues to be one of the best linebackers in the entire NFL. Having him at full strength will be key for the Bears going into next season.

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Bears Vs. Vikings: RB Kahlil Bell Looking For Payback Against Former Team

The Chicago Bears (7-8) conclude their 2011 season on Sunday, playing the Minnesota Vikings (2-13) with many reserves starting in place of injured starters. One such reserve is RB Kahlil Bell who ran for 121 yards and had 38 receiving yards against the Green Bay Packers in Week 17.

The 25-year-old Bell originally played for the Vikings when he entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2009, but never played in any games and was released before the season finished. According to Bell, that relationship may well play into his motivation going into Week 17:

#Bears RB @KahlilBell32 was with the Vikings in 2009 from April until August. "They obviously thought I wasn't adequate enough." 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto


Bell had few kind words for his former employer, according to ESPN Chicago:

"Personally, I really don't like Minnesota," Bell said Monday. "I was there for a short stint. It won't take much for me to get motivated for this game."

The Bears remain uncertain about who will start at running back in the finale, but with both RB Marion Barber and RB Matt Forte ailing with late-season injuries, Bell has a solid chance at getting his second NFL start.

For more on the Chicago Bears, head over to Windy City Gridiron. And stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more Chicago sports updates and breaking news.

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