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Brian Urlacher will start on Thursday

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Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher wasn’t thrilled about being taken out of Sunday’s victory over the Colts, but it seems like the reduced workload has him in good shape for Thursday night’s game against the Packers.

Coach Lovie Smith updated Urlacher’s condition on Tuesday, shortly after Urlacher missed the team’s practice. That absence suggested a problem with Urlacher’s knee that might keep him from being on the field, but Smith’s message was on the opposite extreme.

“I think Brian is good to go on everything,” Smith said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “I just know Brian is going to start the game this week. He is in good shape.”

The knee is almost certainly going to be a season-long issue for the Bears to manage in terms of Urlacher’s reps in both practice and games, but the early results are showing that can work as long as Urlacher’s condition doesn’t get any worse. The extra time off after the Packers game should be a good thing on that front.

Urlacher wasn’t the only defensive starter missing from practice on Tuesday. Cornerback Charles Tillman was also on the sidelines as a result of a shin injury he suffered against the Colts. Smith said that Tillman’s improving and that there’s still hope that he’ll be able to help the effort to stop Aaron Rodgers.

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11 Responses to “Brian Urlacher will start on Thursday”
  1. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Sep 11, 2012 5:39 PM

    The Bears are going to need him, bad

    Don’t let the 49er game fool you one bit. They are in dire need of his mental ability to set the D in the right place. That pass rush wont be the same as the Colts game.

    Signed a Bears Fan

  2. mjkelly77 says: Sep 11, 2012 5:39 PM

    Smith said … “I just know Brian is going to start the game this week …”

    But will he be able to finish it? Maybe he should take the season off.

  3. meytonpanning says: Sep 11, 2012 5:42 PM

    Loving the schedule this year (in terms of the frequency to MNF and TNF).

  4. jdbar50 says: Sep 11, 2012 5:44 PM

    Does not matter – Bears lose!!

  5. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 11, 2012 5:53 PM

    He’s not better than London Fletcher.

  6. succulentnipples says: Sep 11, 2012 5:54 PM

    I ain’t scared.

  7. Peter Venkman says: Sep 11, 2012 5:54 PM

    Jarrett Bush is the leading candidate for game MVP… for the Bears. He conjures up memories of Ahmad Carroll, which is absolutely terrifying if you’re a Packer fan.

  8. edwinmoses says: Sep 11, 2012 6:05 PM

    When do you guys plan on putting a story out on Marcel Dareus’ younger brother being killed in a 3 man homicide?

  9. asublimeday says: Sep 11, 2012 6:10 PM

    Just don’t get grabby. Our players aren’t like the green bay players.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  10. flyeaglefly says: Sep 11, 2012 9:16 PM

    don’t be fooled by the San Fran game…i don’t think anyone was fooled…the Packers got their butts whipped in every phase of the game….they are no longer invicible, that’s for sure and their Defense has been waxed 3 games in a row on their home field…

  11. chi01town says: Sep 12, 2012 1:13 AM

    Urlacher’s knee has nothing to do with the fact that Chicago will beat Greenbay this week. Its Chicago’s offense that will over whelm that WEAK greenbay defense. Cutler & Co. will look better this week than last.

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