CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: Brian Urlacher #54 and Chris Harris #46 of the Chicago Bears celebrate Urlacher's touchdown run against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field on September 11, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Falcons 30-12. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Brian Urlacher Expects To Be Ready Week 1

Brian Urlacher reportedly underwent multiple knee surgeries this offseason.

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Brian Urlacher Injury: Bears LB Plans To Be Available Week 1

The Chicago Bears have had Brian Urlacher back in practice since Monday, and are expecting him to play on Sunday in the team's season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. But if Urlacher plays, will he be limited? Not according to a Tweet from Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, which has a quote from Urlacher that says the exact opposite:

Urlacher underwent arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 14 and fans quickly were worried that the oft-injured linebacker would be missing even more regular season time. In fact, Urlacher was the only person to really insist that he'd be ready for the first game and that there'd be no chance of him being limited until recently.

If he's good to go for the entirety of the game, it will certainly be a help for the Bears, though they've been favorites against Indianapolis even when his status was up in the air. Urlacher would be facing a Colts offense that features rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, and he'd certainly like to make sure here's there to welcome him to the NFL.

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Brian Urlacher Returns To Practice

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher returned to practice on Monday in anticipation of the team's season opener against the Indianapolis Colts this weekend, as Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune writes. He's been recovering from a major knee injury suffered in last season's season finale.

On Aug. 14, Urlacher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but he's insisted all along that missing the first game of the season wasn't an option. A teammate told McClure that the veteran linebacker appeared to be fully active in practice on Monday, so that's a good sign regarding his status for Sunday's game.

The Bears have an aging defense built around veterans like Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Julius Peppers, but expectations are high for the team entering this season. After opening against the Colts on Sept. 9, they play the rival Green Bay Packers the following Thursday.

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Brian Urlacher Expected To Play Week 1

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has still not practiced in weeks, but Lovie Smith expects that to change in the coming week. Smith also told reporters on Tuesday that he fully expects Urlacher to be on the field when the Bears take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 at Solider Field Sept. 9.

The Bears will not practice again until Monday Sept. 3, but Smith did not indicate if that was the scheduled date for Urlacher's return. The Bears will have a walk-through on Wednesday before Thursday's final preseason game vs. the Cleveland Browns, in which Urlacher will not play.

Urlacher has insisted throughout the preseason that he will be ready for the regular season despite his inactivity in training camp.

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Brian Urlacher's Injury Has His Week 1 Status In Doubt

Brian Urlacher has been sidelined most of camp with a left knee injury, a nagging issue which has the star linebackers status for Week 1 in doubt, says Ian Rapoport at NFL.com.

It's been reported that Urlacher went to Germany for treatment not approved in the United States, which the Bears have been reluctant to discuss but was done with hopes his knee will heal in time for the first regular season game. But Rapoport was told the Bears are pessimistic that Urlacher will be ready by then. Urlacher and coach Lovie Smith haven't been too open with the situation to the media, as the Chicago Tribune pointed out Wedensday.

The Bears have allowed Urlacher to proceed as if he'll play in Week 1 but are preparing as though he won't. Urlacher has said his goal is to be ready by Week 1 for the Indianapolis Colts. More important to the Bears might be the pivotal early Week 2 matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

Internally, the Bears are reported to be as though Urlacher won't be able to go. If he does have to miss Week 1 and could set their sights on Week 2 vs. the Packers. The Bears obviously hope Urlacher can practice before then, which he hasn't done much of so far this camp.

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Brian Urlacher's Knee Injury Reportedly Treated In Europe

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher reportedly sought treatment for his injured left knee in Europe, according to the Chicago Tribune's Mike Mulligan. According to Mulligan, Urlacher went to Europe in late-May or early-June for alternative treatment on the knee injury that is threatening to keep him off the field as the season inches closer.

Mulligan's sources aren't concrete on whether or not Urlacher was treated by the German doctor Peter Wehling, who is credited with pioneering the "Regenokine therapy" famously used by Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez. A Bears spokesperson also chose not to confirm or deny Mulligan's report.

Urlacher has participated in six days of training camp so far in 2012, but has not played in any of Chicago's preseason games. He has continued to maintain that he will be ready for the team's Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Brian Urlacher Reportedly Underwent Multiple Knee Surgeries In 2012

Though he remains insistent that he'll be ready to take the field for his team's Sept. 9, 2012, season opener, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is reportedly coming off not just one, but multiple offseason knee surgeries, according to CSNChicago.com.

The 34-year-old Pro Bowler underwent the latest round of arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday, after missing a number of offseason workouts and the team's first preseason game with knee soreness. And while Urlacher continues to repeat his belief that he'll join his teammates for Chicago's Week 1 game against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, many aren't so sure.

One person questioning the optimism happens to be ESPN.com's medical analyst Dr. Michael Kaplan, who offers plenty of doubt that the veteran defender will be in uniform for Week 1.

"It's a little aggressive to have him back for the opener," Kaplan said Tuesday on ESPN1000 radio in Chicago. "I'm not sure or confident that is going to happen. Obviously it's something to shoot toward, but it's going to matter really how much damage he has to the joint surface."

Although Urlacher's toughness has never come into question during his 12-year NFL career, multiple knee surgeries -- in the same offseason, no less -- are no joke. Making it through the grind of a 16-game schedule could prove quite difficult for an aging linebacker playing on one damaged knee, so Urlacher will need to prove that he's fully healthy in order to jump back into the role to which he has become accustomed.

Stay with this StoryStream for more Urlacher injury news, and be sure to visit Windy City Gridiron for more Bears coverage. Check out SB Nation's NFL hub for more training camp news from around the league.

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Bears' Brian Urlacher Undergoes Knee Surgery

Brian Urlacher underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday morning.

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