Bears' Hunter Hillenmeyer out for year

A potentially scary situation is developing for the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Tribune is reporting, and ESPNChicago.com has confirmed, that linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer has been placed on injured reserve. Hillenmeyer left Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions with what the team termed an "illness," but the Tribune reports the move is related to a concussion.

Hillenmeyer also missed the Bears' final preseason game, also because of an illness. There has been no official word from the team, but Hillenmeyer suffered a concussion in 2006 and last winter agreed to donate his brain for concussion research after his death.

Hillenmeyer is a classy guy and we're hoping the best for him.

On the field, the Bears will have to find someone else to fill the important role of backup to middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. That role went to Nick Roach last season, but Roach has been sidelined by injuries since the preseason.