Brian Urlacher returned to Chicago, Thursday, after leaving earlier this week to attend to a death in the family.
Urlacher left town Tuesday after finding out his mother, Lavoyda, unexpectedly passed away a day ealier at her home in Texas.
"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," Urlacher said in a statement the day after he left. "This is a very difficult and emotional time for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you."
Thursday, the middle linebacker was talking with coaches and players in the locker room this morning, which means he's likely to play in Sunday's match against the New Orleans Saints.
He practiced with teammates, and while some defensive players addressed the media, Urlacher did not.
Urlacher played a dominant role in the Bears 30-12 season-opening win against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field Sunday. Urlacher intercepted Falcons QB Matt Ryan, scored a touchdown on a fumble return and racked up 10 tackles.
Services Planned for Lavoyda Urlacher
Services for Urlacher's mother will be private, it was announced Thursday. Several Chicago Bears representatives are slated to attend, including Chairman of the Board George McCaskey, President and CEO Ted Phillips, General Manager Jerry Angelo, Head Coach Lovie Smith, Linebackers Coach Bob Babish and linebacker Lance Briggs.
In lieu of flowers, the Urlacher family has asked for donations to be made:
The Lavoyda Fund
C/o City of Lovington Youth Center
214 S. Love St.
Lovington, NM 88260