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NFL

Police checked on Belcher

– Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher told officers who found him sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex hours before he committed a murder-suicide that he was there to visit a woman he described as his “girlfriend,” but that she wasn’t home.

The apartment complex is about 10 miles from the Kansas City home Belcher shared with 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daughter Zoey. Belcher shot Perkins at their home Saturday morning before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the practice facility’s parking lot, police said.

Police responded to a report about 2:50 a.m. Saturday of a man sleeping in his car outside an apartment building, police spokesman Darin Snapp said Tuesday.

When police determined Belcher didn’t have any outstanding warrants, Snapp said Belcher, 25, made a phone call and a short time later, a woman let Belcher into her building. Police did not question the woman and don’t know who she is, he said.

Bears’ Urlacher may miss rest of season

Linebacker Brian Urlacher acknowledges he could miss the rest of the regular season because of a hamstring injury, meaning he might have played his last game with the Bears.

In an interview Tuesday with FOX Chicago, Urlacher says doctors tell him he could be out “two to four weeks, three, could be four.”

The Bears (8-4) have four games left, starting this week at Minnesota. Urlacher’s contract is expiring, meaning he might not suit up for them again.

Chicago signed Dom DeCicco to a two-year contract, adding depth at linebacker.

Around the league

New England placed receiver Julian Edelman on injured reserve (foot injury) and signed receiver Donte’ Stallworth. … Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor’s 135-game streak will end Sunday after Taylor broke his right ankle. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s sprained right shoulder will be good enough to play against San Diego. … Arizona released former All-Pro tight end Todd Heap. … Seattle cut receiver Braylon Edwards and placed left guard James Carpenter (knee) on the reserve/non-football illness list. … Miami left tackle Jake Long (triceps) has been placed on injured reserve.

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