The original prognosis was that Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher would need 10 weeks to recover from his Week 17 knee sprain. It’s stretched out much longer than that, but there doesn’t seem to be much concern coming from Bears camp.
“There’s not a lot to explain,” coach Lovie Smith said, per the Chicago Tribune. “He’s not ready to go yet. He’s on pace. Our plan was to take it slow with him. We know what Brian can do. It’s not like he’s going to tell us an awful lot out here. He’s right on pace.
“He should be able to get a good rest of his offseason in – I am talking about this break that we have. He should be good to go for training camp.”
Of course, on draft weekend, Smith also declared Urlacher “good to go,” saying the ACL and MCL sprain from last season wasn’t a problem.
Urlacher worked on the sidelines Tuesday, as he did during the three OTAs the Chicago media was allowed to attend. He wore a small black brace on his left knee, replacing it later with a bag of ice.
It’s not as if Urlacher’s missing much, as he could probably teach the Bears Cover-2 system as well as Smith can at this point. But the condition of the 34-year-old linebacker’s worth monitoring come training camp, to see if he’s taking more than the occasional day off most veterans enjoy.