Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears injured linebacker Brian Urlacher prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Could the Dallas Cowboys bring in Brian Urlacher to replace Sean Lee?

The Dallas Cowboys on the first day of OTAs on Tuesday took a significant hit on the defensive side of the ball before the season even starts. Linebacker Sean Lee, looking to make his return following injury last season, tore his ACL on one of the earlier plays in practice. An MRI was done shortly thereafter revealing the tear and essentially leaving the Cowboys without Lee this season.

Unfortunately, at this point, the replacement options are few and far between for the Cowboys and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

But could Marinelli’s first year as the defensive coordinator in Dallas be the key to bringing a suitable replacement out of retirement? More specifically, will former Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher decide to put the cleats back on and help out his old coach?

According to NFL Network analyst Gil Brandt, it’s not all that far-fetched and could potentially happen.

At least Lee’s injury came early enough for Dallas to formulate a plan to account for his loss, either by doing a big job on Hitchens or by finding someone else. Perhaps the Cowboys could coax former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who knows defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli‘s system, out of retirement.

Again, the key here is that Urlacher knows the system that Marinelli runs inside and out, having spent four years with him in Chicago.

Urlacher parted ways with the Bears following the 2012 season, and while he stated he did have something left in the tank, he decided to just retire instead after 13 seasons in the league.

Tags: Brian Urlacher Dallas Cowboys NFL Sean Lee

  • Bill Smith

    What a joke team.

    • NYCowboysFan

      You are the joke idiot. Not a fan, then crawl back under your rock.

    • Sergio Surroco

      Youre are such a clown

  • Old Frog

    High name recognition and he and Lee together could really help the young guys along. Maybe similar to what Waters did last year for the O line.

  • SmartThinking

    The guy’s been out of football for a year. Is he in shape? Can he still play? Not much help to Dallas if he has to work himself into shape and hasn’t taken a hit, or given one in 12 months. Lots of questions and, so far, no answers.

    • Black Irish

      If he is in shape, then the answer to your question of can he play is yes he’s Brian Urlacher

    • Sergio Surroco

      Can you still ride a bike?

  • Matty ice

    Now urlacher is a true definition of a middle linebacker if he still can go all out I wouldn’t hesitate bringing him in he can make this defense that much better if he’s anything like he was in Chicago be nice to see him out there…

  • david

    His knowledge and leadership are things we need more than anything. He doesn’t have to be an every down player just teach our young players to be