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Brian Urlacher: I’ll be ready for Week One

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Brian Urlacher returned to Bears training camp on Saturday after a week away from the team, but his left knee still isn’t feeling good enough for him to practice.

Urlacher spoke to the media Sunday and confirmed that he was away from camp to deal with personal issues and not to get his sore left knee evaluated by other doctors. He said he’s working with the team’s medical staff to fix the problem, but admits that he isn’t sure when he will be able to return to practice. Not that he’s much concerned with that.

“September 9th I’ll be ready to play for sure. That’s really all that matters to me,” Urlacher said, via Zach Zaidman of the Bears’ radio broadcasting team. “I’d love to be out there, but I’m not going to put myself in jeopardy of missing the first game.”

Urlacher said his knee is feeling better after the break from practice, although it’s hard to say what that means for the future because he hasn’t been running or driving off of it. He did say he wasn’t concerned that the injury would linger because he felt confident in the ability of the medical staff to monitor his reps and keep him healthy once he does get back to work.

The Bears signed a pair of linebackers on Saturday, but Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that wasn’t because of doubts about Urlacher’s ability to play this year. Dom DeCicco and Jabara Williams are out at the position and the Bears felt they needed more bodies to take their place. Per Biggs, the team remains confident Urlacher will be ready to go in the season opener.

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10 Responses to “Brian Urlacher: I’ll be ready for Week One”
  1. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Aug 12, 2012 1:19 PM

    Urlacher is getting up there in age, and is banged up almost every year. Yet, the Bears have no depth.For example… Vontaze Burfict was an undrafted free agent who the Bears could have looked at with no ris and very little money. Poor management

  2. mputelli55 says: Aug 12, 2012 1:22 PM

    what happened to DeCicco

  3. chi01town says: Aug 12, 2012 1:26 PM

    Urlacher needs to show up this season an play some pro bowl caliber football. Emery is a great GM an if he dont sign Urlacher… I for one will back him. Urlacher put his self in this position.. He knew he needed surgery after the Minnesota game last season an he didnt take care of his self IN A CONTRACT YEAR

  4. thevelvetglove says: Aug 12, 2012 1:49 PM

    Rick from Pawn Stars called and offered Urlacher 50 bucks for the remainder of Urlacher’s career.

    The Old Man walked away in disgust…

  5. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 12, 2012 2:15 PM

    This team realized they couldn’t stop anyone, so they tried to build up their offense to compete in shootouts.

    Unfortunately, they didn’t upgrade the offensive line.

    Whoops.

  6. gdfbar says: Aug 12, 2012 2:19 PM

    Urlacher needs to show up this season an play some pro bowl caliber football. Emery is a great GM an if he dont sign Urlacher… I for one will back him. Urlacher put his self in this position.. He knew he needed surgery after the Minnesota game last season an he didnt take care of his self IN A CONTRACT YEAR
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    Didn’t take care of himself? The guy has always been in great shape, and rarely misses any time. Doctors told him that he could have surgery, or let it heal naturally. Lets not forget that guys often have issues with pain and swelling after minor surgery like the one that Urlacher would have had. I am quite sure that Urlacher would have had the surgery if doctors had told him that it was the clear cut best solution.

    Either way, I don’t think that there is anything to see here. Urlacher doesn’t need training camp to be ready for the regular season. He is at the point in his career where there is no reason for him to rush back just to take some meaningless reps. I would be more concerned if the Bears actually made a move to bring in a LB that might be able to start. The guys that they signed are just camp/depth guys.

  7. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 12, 2012 2:41 PM

    Total steak brain

  8. louiespoon says: Aug 12, 2012 3:05 PM

    I think Lach will be ok, if not as long as Briggs, Pep and Tills stay healthy we will make due with Roach…

  9. bla bla bla says: Aug 12, 2012 3:18 PM

    thevelvetglove says:
    Aug 12, 2012 1:49 PM
    Rick from Pawn Stars called and offered Urlacher 50 bucks for the remainder of Urlacher’s career.

    The Old Man walked away in disgust…

    And then Chum Lee farted.

  10. chi01town says: Aug 13, 2012 10:05 AM

    @gdfbar
    Urlacher’s knee is NOT ready an thats his fault an nobody elses. Now in a CONTRACT year he will be playing HURT an as the season go on it will get worse. If Emery dont sign Urlacher to a new contract… I dont blame him.. Its time for Chicago to pull out a great young MLB like they ALWAYS do.

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