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Postby stomperrob » Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:20 pm

Brian Urlacher’s sore left knee now ‘a concern’ to Bears
BY MARK POTASH mpotash@suntimes.com August 5, 2012 10:02PM


BOURBONNAIS — Even Lovie Smith no longer could blow off questions about Brian Urlacher’s sore knee after the eight-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker missed his fourth consecutive practice Sunday.

‘‘It’s always a concern when you have an injury at the end of the year and you miss some time in the offseason,’’ Smith said, referring to the sprained ligaments Urlacher suffered in his left knee in Week 17 last season. ‘‘But he should be OK.’’

Even that lightly guarded prognosis is a little disconcerting coming from Smith. His famously unbreakable optimism generally is inversely proportionate to fans’ panic. But even he couldn’t say there’s nothing to worry about.

That doesn’t mean Urlacher is injured.

‘‘It’s not like he hurt it any more,’’ Smith said. ‘‘You assume he’d have some soreness and he’d miss a few of these training-camp practices.’’

Maybe that’s the way it looks now, but that’s not the impression Smith gave

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Re: Brian Urlacher

Postby Fantasyfballchamps » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:47 pm

This is the year to avoid Urlacher in IDP. His numbers have been declining over the past three seasons - a bothered knee this early in camp doesn't bode well for one of the most consistent IDPs.

His stock is dropping - look for younger talent on other squads instead - let someone else grab Urlacher.
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Re: Brian Urlacher

Postby stomperrob » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:18 pm

After surgery, Bears still expect Urlacher to start opener
Recovery from this type of knee procedure normally isn't serious problem
By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune reporter
8:01 p.m. CDT, August 14, 2012


BOURBONNAIS — Arthroscopic surgery on Brian Urlacher's left knee has not deterred the Bears from pursuing their goal of the middle linebacker starting the regular-season opener Sept. 9.

Urlacher underwent a debridement procedure Tuesday, 26 days before the opener, to relieve pain and swelling in the knee he injured in the final game last season. The decision was made after his knee did not respond sufficiently with more than two weeks of rest since his last practice July 31.

The middle linebacker returned to training camp at Olivet Nazarene University and almost certainly will miss the remainder of preseason. At some point, you can't help but wonder about the future of the 34-year-old who is entering the final year of his contract.

But the Bears' focus remains on a season with high expectations that is approaching fast. If nothing else, this will provide the defense an opportunity to prepare further in the event the best-case scenario does not unfold.

Veteran Nick Roach has been playing middle linebacker in Urlacher's absence with newcomer Geno Hayes taking Roach's spot on the strong side.

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