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Brian Urlacher remains focused on Week One

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Having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this week hasn’t changed Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher’s belief that he’ll be in the lineup when the Bears start the regular season.

Urlacher spoke to reporters at Bears camp on Thursday and didn’t waver from his pre-surgical promise to be back on the field when the Bears play the Colts. We heard from doctors earlier this week that such a recovery isn’t impossible and Urlacher is not wearing a brace or using crutches to get around two days after having the surgery.

Urlacher also talked about why he didn’t have the procedure done earlier in the offseason since he initially hurt his knee at the end of last season. Urlacher said that he felt great when training camp started and thought that he’d done enough to get the knee ready for action. It wasn’t, though, and that meant Urlacher had to go with Plan Z.

“You never want to get surgery,” Urlacher said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “This was a last resort to get it cleaned out.”

Getting Urlacher back in time for the opener is going to take a careful balancing act. He’ll need to get enough work so that he’s able to catch up after so long off the field, but he’ll also need to balance that with avoiding any setbacks that will wind up keeping him out longer.

It’s worth noting that the Bears have a game with the Packers on the Thursday night after the opener. Two games in five days might be tough for Urlacher to manage on an achy wheel, something that could wind up impacting the decisions about his status as we draw closer to the start of the regular season.

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8 Responses to “Brian Urlacher remains focused on Week One”
  1. crazybeardedjack says: Aug 16, 2012 3:00 PM

    Why does the media still talk about Urlacher like he makes a difference? The guy has 9 sacks since 2005, and those came in 2 seasons. He has only gone over 100 tackles twice in his career and it happened in two of his first 3 seasons. Urlacher is one of the most overrated players in recent history.

  2. honkytonk01 says: Aug 16, 2012 3:45 PM

    Now that he is not seeing Jenny M any more he can focus on getting his knee better. I have never liked how they have used Urlacher in the Tampa Two….doesnt play to his strengths, but I dont believe that he is that overrated.

  3. vetdana says: Aug 16, 2012 4:17 PM

    The Bears still need Urlacher for their defensive scheme, but …the clock on him is running out. Cleaning out debris in his knee may not address all of the reasons it was there in the first place ! He will be 35 during this season.The Bears have not employed enough forward thinking to address future line backing play and this could hurt them sooner rather than later !

  4. zambrano38cubs says: Aug 16, 2012 4:27 PM

    Dont look too far into stats, just because Shawne Merriman had 17 sacks in a season doesnt make him a better LB than Brian Urlacher.

    Like Mike Ditka said “Statistics are for losers”

    Brian Urlacher is still one of the best MLB’s in the league

  5. turner1019 says: Aug 16, 2012 4:34 PM

    Why does the media still talk about Urlacher like he makes a difference? The guy has 9 sacks since 2005, and those came in 2 seasons. He has only gone over 100 tackles twice in his career and it happened in two of his first 3 seasons. Urlacher is one of the most overrated players in recent history.
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    MLB should not be tallying up sacks in a 4-3 scheme the fact that he has the sack stats he does in his career speaks more to the player he is rather than against it.. the pressure and sack numbers come from the front 4… point moot… in the bears 4-3 scheme on inside run plays the mlb flows to fill the gap, the runner is fed to the WLB which is why Briggs has the stats he does, and he is a great player… His impact comes from pre snap reads, on field leadship, coverage audibles and taking away outside run, mid level passes, and sometimes because of the athlete he is he takes the deep middle, if you ever played the position, maybe even the game you’d understand stats are vastly over rated in figuring a players value, no matter age.

  6. gmsingh says: Aug 16, 2012 4:48 PM

    I can only imagine these “stick a fork in him” comments are coming from non Bears fans. Anybody who knows anything about the Bears roster knows that Urlacher, barring not being in a wheelchair, still gives them the best chance to win. I don’t think it can be stated enough how well Urlacher and Briggs complement each other.

  7. chi01town says: Aug 16, 2012 5:19 PM

    Urlacher is a pro bowl MLB an nothing a SCARED packers fan might say can change that. I just wish he would have done the surgery after the Minnesota game last season. I think he will be OK because he wont have to play as much. This season the Bears offense will make 3 times MORE 1st downs an keep the Defense on the bench. Urlacher wont hurt so bad playing with a 17 point lead most of the season

  8. ordinaryday6 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:00 PM

    I’ve had arthroscopic surgery on my knee. They don’t want you on the couch or crutches for longer than a day or so. I can’t remember the exact timeline for mine, but I was back playing field hockey not too long after that. Of course, the decision to not have the acl repair surgery has effected my entire life, and the quality of my play was so significantly diminished that I had to switch from playing mid to sweeper.

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