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Brian Urlacher says Bears faked injuries to slow down opponents

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There have been times when we have watched a high-powered offensive team catch fire as they start marching down the field. That offense is running up to the line of scrimmage on every play to ensure its opponent cannot substitute players.

Suddenly, somebody on the defense goes down with an injury, and those guys finally gets a chance to catch their breath. You never want to see a person on the ground in pain, but that defense sure needed a break.

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Well, if you were watching a Chicago Bears game, apparently there was no need to feel sorry that injured defender.

It was all an act.

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who is a Fox Sports 1 analyst, revealed his team would fake injuries to slow down high-powered offenses before he retired.

“We had a guy who was the designated dive guy,” Urlacher said via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Urlacher said a Bears coach would simulate a swimmers’ diving motion with his arms from the sideline and the player “would get hurt.”

Urlacher added that they were not coached, but faking injuries was part of their game plan. He would not name the coach in charge of calling the "fake".

If what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay there, Urlacher is probably the last guy you want at your bachelor party.

Even though Urlacher is retired, most players still live by the locker room code, which means not talking about what happens behind closed doors. There are a lot of things that occur in locker rooms the general public does not know about, but Urlacher is like a magician revealing secrets on Fox Sports 1.

Of course, now this means the next time a Bears defender goes down when an opponent is driving, everyone watching will wonder if it is legit or staged.

Who said the best actors are not from Chicago?

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