The Bears' Pro Bowl linebacker, already sidelined with a knee injury, appears to have been left on the sidelines by his Playboy-covergirl girlfriend Jenny McCarthy.
"Brian and I have decided to turn our romance into an amazing friendship," McCarthy reportedly told PEOPLE magazine in a statement. "I will continue to be the biggest cheerleader for him. Go, Bears!"
McCarthy recently moved back to the Chicago area, saying she was hoping to "bring some lucky charm to the team."
Urlacher recently missed a number of pre-season practices. The team said there were "personal reasons" for his absence. We learned this week that Urlacher had knee surgery, but perhaps the separation from McCarthy had a hand in it, as well.