Brian Urlacher’s sore left knee now ‘a concern’ to Bears
BY MARK POTASH email@example.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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