People reports Brian Urlacher, Jenny McCarthy have split

Brian Urlacher, whose primary focus right now is returning from a minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, has split with Jenny McCarthy.

The Chicago Bears middle linebacker, who was once briefly linked to Paris Hilton, is no longer dating the Playboy cover model who hails from the city’s south suburbs.

Brian and I have decided to turn our romance into an amazing friendship,” McCarthy told People. “I will continue to be the biggest cheerleader for him. Go, Bears!”

Urlacher, 34, has pledged that he will be on the field when the Bears’ regular season opens Sept. 9 against the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field. He had the scope Tuesday morning after sitting out more than two weeks of training camp with swelling and pain.

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