Bears' Urlacher, McManis win weekly NFC honors

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 11/07/2012, 11:33am

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The accolades continue to come for members of the Bears’ defense.

This time it’s Brian Urlacher.

The veteran linebacker was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception 46 yards for a touchdown, forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble in the Bears’ rout of the Titans on Sunday.

Bears cornerback Sherrick McManis also was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a punt against the Titans, which resulted in a touchdown for defensive end Corey Wootton.

For Urlacher, it was the sixth time in his career he was bestowed the weekly honor, tying Richard Dent for a team record.

“It’s great to see Brian Urlacher get back in the end zone,’ Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

It was the second time in Urlacher’s career that he recorded an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game (October 7, 2011 at Atlanta).

Urlacher’s interception return was the fifth touchdown of his career and his second interception return for a score. He now has 22 career interceptions. He is tied with Dick Butkus for second most in franchise history among linebackers, trailing Doug Buffone (24).

Urlacher and McManis are the first teammates to win player-of-the-week awards in the same week since 2008 — Tampa Bay’s Derrick Brooks (defense) and Matt Bryant (special teams).