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Brian Urlacher honored

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a 30-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1.

Urlacher recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, made a beautiful diving interception and tied for the team lead with 10 tackles. He also posted a tackle for a loss.

The middle linebacker, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, was the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He was the NFC Defensive Player of the Month last December.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.