So far, football players and football coaches have declared that Brian Urlacher will be fine for the regular season opener, despite knee problems that required another surgery Tuesday.
Now, a doctor is chiming in, saying a two-to-three-week return is feasible for the Bears linebacker.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times talked to Dr. Ralph Gambardella, an orthopedic surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles who works with the Dodgers and Southern Cal. He didn’t do Urlacher’s surgery (Bears team doctors did), but knows of which he speaks.
“It’s certainly possible that you may see him back in two to three weeks,” Gambardella said. “But it might take longer because you’ll have the same issue if he goes back and it swells again.
“Then the surgery didn’t work.”
Urlacher’s been through ups and downs since spraining his MCL and PCL in last year’s finale, and was held out for a week before Tuesday’s clean-up surgery.
The linebacker hasn’t talked since the procedure, but teammates are clearly growing weary of the discussion.
“I don’t know, man,’’ cornerback Charles Tillman said. ‘‘The dude is going to be there. I said it like 32 times, but I’ll say it 33 times: He’s going to be there. The dude is going to be cool. There is no concern. The dude is going to be cool — quote me.
“What did he tell you? Did he tell you he’s going to be good? What did coach [Lovie] Smith tell you all? Smith said he’s going to be good. The man said he’s going to be good, right? So he’s going to be good.’’
Tillman better hope so. Because the Bears without Urlacher are a different team, and while they might be good, it’ll be much harder for them to be much more than that.