Chicago Bears Line Remains at -6.5 Despite Urlacher News

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Don Shapiro
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Brian Urlacher

Despite the news that Chicago star linebacker Brian Urlacher’s mom passed away suddenly this week at the age of 51, oddsmakers have yet to move the line on the Bears-Saints game from -6.5.

"My mother, Lavoyda, unexpectedly passed away Monday at her home in Texas," Urlacher said in a statement. "My first priority right now is to be with my family as we mourn her loss and make the arrangements to lay her to rest. This is a very difficult and emotional time for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you."

A cause of death was not immediately known.

It is unclear as to whether Urlacher will play on Sunday.

"You can't replace a guy like him," Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said. "He's the heart and soul of this team."

Since 2008, the Bears are 21-13 with Urlacher in the lineup and 7-8 without him.

The Bears defeated a favored Atlanta Falcons at home in their first game of the 2011 season. 

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