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Brian Urlacher still recovering from his knee injury

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When Brian Urlacher hurt his left knee in the season finale last season, it was initially feared he had torn both the MCL and PCL.

Later tests showed things weren’t quite so serious and Lovie Smith said last month that Urlacher was fully recovered. Smith might have spoken too soon, however. Urlacher was a guest on ESPN 100 Radio in Chicago Tuesday and said that there are still lots of things he can’t do, although there didn’t seem to be too much concern about his ability to make it back in time for the start of workouts and camp.

“There’s no reason for me to rush it right now,” Urlacher said. “It was nasty. The MCL and the PCL were damaged. I’m not rushing it. I’m taking my time with it. I’ll be fine. Once we start running and stuff, I should be doing everything with the team.”

If Urlacher had torn ligaments and required major surgery, having the injury in Week 17 would have been a nightmare because it would have jeopardized his 2012 season. But it sounds like this was a relatively good injury to have at that point because it probably would have cost him a chunk of the season if it had happened in October or November. Even if Urlacher is slower during offseason workouts, his experience should make it easy to catch up once he’s all the way back to full health.

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11 Responses to “Brian Urlacher still recovering from his knee injury”
  1. reverend5150 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:06 PM

    we need this guy now, but the Bears really need to start thinking about finding and grooming his replacement

  2. kurtzimmer says: Mar 20, 2012 1:10 PM

    Must be a really sloooow day in the sports world.

  3. kansacity88 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:15 PM

    Most definitely! Couldn’t agree with you more!

  4. dv5454 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:16 PM

    As a Packers fan, I absolutely hate Urlacher on Sundays, but that is only because of the abundant respect I have for him as a football player. He’s been a fitting Linebacker for the Chicago Bears.

    The Packers Bears rivalry has been that much better over the years because of his effort in those games.

  5. crazycane says: Mar 20, 2012 1:18 PM

    That D maybe has one more season left before they press the red blow up button. Let’s make it count!!

  6. thevza says: Mar 20, 2012 1:26 PM

    [Sigh] … I guess jeopardizing Lach’s health was totally worth winning that final game of the season last year so the Bears could drop from 13th to 19th in the draft order.

  7. raqaiw says: Mar 20, 2012 1:32 PM

    And to think people once said he was as good as Lewis.

  8. rockbottom37 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:37 PM

    The Bears need Urlacher ..especially in a division where you got Lions and Packers explosive offenses

  9. elmaxoh says: Mar 20, 2012 1:52 PM

    Luke Kuechly ?

  10. johnnyru131 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:27 PM

    If Urlacher played in a different style of defense where he didn’t just have to drop 20 yards back his numbers would be even that much better. Love Smith has hurt Urlachers overall numbers

  11. dfeltz says: Mar 20, 2012 4:01 PM

    Let’s make this season count, Bears. Urlacher doesn’t come close to making plays that use to be routine for him. I am grateful for the decade plus that he has been a stud middle linebacker. Cut him after next year and finally trade Briggs to Redskins. Time to re-tool the D.

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