RIP Lavoyda Lenard - Brian Urlacher's Mother
Urlacher attends to family emergency
11:17 p.m. CDT, September 13, 2011
Brian Urlacher rushed out of town Tuesday to attend to a family emergency in Arizona involving his mother, the Tribune has learned
Urlacher is expected to be away from the Bears for several days and his status for Sunday’s game against the Saints is unclear. Teammates, the coaching staff and members of the front office are aware of Urlacher’s situation but no further information was available Tuesday night.
The Bears took Monday and Tuesday off following Sunday’s 30-12 season-opening victory over the Falcons in which Urlacher scored a touchdown on a fumble return and intercepted a Matt Ryan pass. He also had 10 tackles.
Urlacher’s mom, Lavoyda, maintained a regular presence in the life of the man Lovie Smith referred to as the Bears’ “franchise player.’’ She raised Brian and younger brother Casey and older sister, Sheri, in Lovington, N.M. The family remained close as Urlacher’s career soared in Chicago. Lavoyda was living in Mount Pleasant, Texas, near the Louisiana border.