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>>Bears, Saints Square Off In Big Easy

(New Orleans, LA)  --  The Chicago Bears look to take their Week One momentum on the road when they face the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome.  The Bears blew out the Falcons 30-12 at Soldier Field.  Brian Urlacher had an interception and also returned a fumble for a score.  Jay Cutler passed for 312 yards and two scores for Chicago.  The Saints have had a few extra days to prepare after losing the Thursday night season opener 32-34 at Green Bay.  Drew Brees threw for 419 yards and three scores and New Orleans totaled 477 yards in defeat.

>>Illini Hosts Ranked Opponent Saturday

(Undated)  --  The Illinois Fighting Illini play a ranked opponent this weekend.  The Illini, who are coming off a 56-3 rout over South Dakota State last weekend to improve to a perfect 2-and-0, outscoring opponents, 89-18, they host 18th-ranked Arizona State on Saturday evening in Champaign.

>>Urlacher Returns To Team

(Lake Forest, IL)  --  Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has returned to the team and practiced on Thursday after leaving to mourn the death of his mother, Lavoyda Lenard.  On Wednesday, Urlacher left the team after the sudden death of his mother.  The Bears issued a statement saying Urlacher's mother passed away Monday at her home in Texas and that the Pro Bowl linebacker had been excused from the team to be with his family.  The "Chicago Tribune" is reporting that the 33-year-old will play on Sunday when the Bears square off against the New Orleans Saints in the Big Easy.  Since 2008, Chicago is 21-and-13 with Urlacher in the lineup and 7-and-8 without him.

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