Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson, whose production fell off markedly in 2002, will enter an alcohol-treatment program next week in hopes
of reducing a sentence that was imposed on him for a DUI arrest nearly a year ago.
Robinson, 28, is scheduled to voluntarily enter the Gateway Foundation facility in Lake Villa, Ill., next Tuesday for an in-patient program. If he
successfully completes the program, his attorneys will seek to have his sentence reconsidered.
Perennial Pro Bowl middle linebacker Brian Urlacher has agreed to a nine-year contract extension with the Bears that runs through the 2011 season.
Urlacher's original deal was due to expire following the 2004 season. The Bears' first-round draft pick in 2000 (ninth overall), Urlacher established
a new franchise single-season record with 214 tackles in 2003, the first Bears defender to eclipse the 200-tackle plateau, besting the previous mark
of 190 set by Hall of Famer Dick Butkus in 1972.
Good move to extend his contract as the bears would find it hard to replace him..!
With the Bears' season all but over, Head Coach Dick Jauron will give rookie quarterback Rex Grossman his first NFL start when Chicago face the
Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday.
Grossman, who was taken 22nd in the April draft out of Florida, will find himself up against a Vikings defence that has 28 sacks and leads the NFL
with 25 interceptions.
As if that wasn't tough enough for the 23-year-old, the Bears' offensive line may be missing the services of starting left tackle Mike Gandy and right
guard Chris Villarrial after both were listed as questionable for Sunday's game.
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