McCarthy announces split with Brian Urlacher

FILE - In this May 30, 2012 file photo, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher watches teammates practice during an NFL football practice in Lake Forest, Ill. The Bears say Urlacher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 and still hopes to be ready for the season opener Sept. 9. Urlacher was ready for the start of training camp but has not practiced since July 31. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

CHICAGO - Former Playboy Playmate and actress Jenny McCarthy says she is no longer romantically involved with Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

McCarthy, 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."

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

The 39-year-old McCarthy has also been outspoken about autism treatments and written a book detailing her search for a cure for her son. She was previously romantically involved with actor Jim Carrey.