Vikings-Bears, Urlacher Out 05 Dec 12

The Vikings return to the practice field later today, after a day off yesterday. The 6-and-6 Vikes are gearing up for the 8-and-4 Bears, who visit the Metrodome on Sunday for a noon game. Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier says while it is apparent that current quarterback Christian Ponder is struggling, he also needs the current crop of wide receivers to step up and play better. Frazier says that is especially true with Percy Harvin missing the last three games.

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Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will reportedly miss the next three games and possibly the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Urlacher reportedly has a Grade Two hamstring strain, but he hopes to be fully recovered for the playoffs. Returning in Week 17 against Detroit is also a possibility, according to a report in the “Chicago Tribune” Urlacher suffered the injury late in Sunday’s 23-17 overtime loss to Seattle. The 34-year-old has 68 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception in 12 games this season. The 8-and-4 Bears battle the 6-and-6 Vikings on Sunday in Minnesota.