His knee will never be the same, but his desire to play remains as strong as ever.
And so Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was back at practice on Monday, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
The 13-year veteran participated in individual drills, and apparently he was involved in a lot of them. “Every time I looked up, he was out there on the field,” one teammate said of Urlacher’s workload.
“He did everything we asked him to do,” coach Lovie Smith said. “He was one of the guys. He forgot that he’s been out. . . . Today was back to the normal routine as much as anything.”
Urlacher plans to participate in practice on a limited basis this week in the hopes of playing the entire game Sunday against the Colts.
The return comes after Urlacher underwent his most recent knee surgery on August 14, at least his third since suffering the injury in Week 17 of the 2011 season.