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Vikings expect impact from Urlacher's absence

Brian Urlacher (Jim Brown/USP)

The Vikings' respect of Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher runs deep, and they expect his absence will affect Chicago's defense. Vikings players spoke in glowing terms of Urlacher, who won't play Sunday.

There are few players in the history of the NFL that become synonymous with a specific team. From the Vikings' glory years, names like Tarkenton, Page, Eller and Yary come to mind. In more recent years, players like Randy Moss, Cris Carter, John Randle and Adrian Peterson have taken that mantle as the "face of the franchise." In Chicago, it can be argued that Walter Payton is the greatest... Recommended Stories