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Urlacher returns to practice

Brian Urlacher AP

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.

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  1. mputelli55 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:29 PM

    get em beast!!!

  2. skyslimit87 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:42 PM

    Thank god

  3. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 3, 2012 7:48 PM

    Awesome. He may even look good week 1.

    Week two, however, on a short week… against the speed of the packers?

    I see him retiring by week 3.

  4. tanzim12 says: Sep 3, 2012 8:28 PM

    Awesome. He may even look good week 1.

    Week two, however, on a short week… against the speed of the packers?

    I see him retiring by week 3.

    Really because in Week 2 I think all Urlacher has to do is just put up a beach chair in the middle of the field on defense and have a drink. It’s not like the Packers can run the football. And then maybe he can occasionally go into coverage and get some picks

  5. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 3, 2012 9:04 PM

    tanzim12 says:
    Sep 3, 2012 8:28 PM
    Awesome. He may even look good week 1.

    Week two, however, on a short week… against the speed of the packers?

    I see him retiring by week 3.

    Really because in Week 2 I think all Urlacher has to do is just put up a beach chair in the middle of the field on defense and have a drink. It’s not like the Packers can run the football. And then maybe he can occasionally go into coverage and get some picks

    That’s so cute!

    Remember when the Packers put up 31 points per game against the Bears last year, when Urlacher was “healthy”?

    I sure do. This year will be worse. Look for the Packers to win both games by 3 or 4 touchdowns, and picking off Quitler twice each game (unless he gets hurt in week one, which is likely)

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  6. ddogdaddy says: Sep 3, 2012 9:16 PM

    I see it after the first game. The start of one era and the end of another. I think Luck will be abusing him all day. Sad but true. The end of a once great career of one of the greatest LB of all time. Don’t hate the messenger.

  7. funktron2x says: Sep 3, 2012 10:47 PM

    Glad he’s still got the fire. Im a Lions fan but can’t do anything but respect BU. The biggest question isn’t whether he’ll play – but…Will he be Urlacher? If he’s not… Bears are going to really need Cutler to join Rodgers and Stafford this season.

  8. chi01town says: Sep 3, 2012 11:07 PM

    Bears fans…. Lovie an Urlacher is smarter than you think. This is a old school Chicago set up!! Lovie wants offensive coordinators all over the NFL to go at Urlacher… the strongest part of his defense an at the same time hes hiding the weakest part of the defense. Urlacher will have a great season

  9. qbofthenever says: Sep 3, 2012 11:23 PM

    No way he makes it through the year healthy…and in a contract year right? Sadly…he’s done.

  10. jimmylions says: Sep 4, 2012 5:23 AM

    I think every real football fan loves Urlacher. He’s a natural leader and has a gigantic heart – his love of the game can never be questioned.

    Right now … as a fan … I wish he’d consider whether he’s endangering his ability to walk after he retires. He’s given a lot to the game, but he also needs to make sure he can literally walk away when he retires.

    He owes it to his family to make sure he can still be who they need him to be off the field.

  11. lar271 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:48 PM

    Urlacher has been the stalwart for our Defense for 13 years. He might not play football after this year. If he does, I’d be surprised.

  12. beefbus says: Sep 4, 2012 2:17 PM

    He’s going to dominate!

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