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Jenny McCarthy and Brian Urlacher split

Actress Jenny McCarthy attends the dFM Luncheon presented by Samsung Galaxy S III at the W Chicago on Aug. 4, 2012, in Chicago. NEXT: B.o.B
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Jenny McCarthy attends the dFM Luncheon presented by Samsung Galaxy S III on Aug. 4, 2012, in Chicago.
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(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - Jenny McCarthy says she is no longer romantically involved with Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

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The former Playboy Playmate and actress, who is from suburban Chicago, released a statement Friday that said: "Brian and I have decided to turn our romance into an amazing friendship. I will continue to be the biggest cheerleader for him."

Urlacher, 34, is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. He says he expects to be ready for the Sept. 9 opener against Indianapolis.

McCarthy, 39, has also been outspoken about autism treatments and written a book detailing her search for a cure for her son, Evan. She was previously romantically involved with actor Jim Carrey. They split in 2010 after five years together.