The Chicago Bears are reportedly pessimistic that linebacker Brian Urlacher will be able to play in the first game of the season. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that the team is preparing internally for him to miss the Sept. 9 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Urlacher has been dealing with a left knee injury but has never indicated that he would miss any regular-season time.
Analysis: This isn't too big of a deal, even if he misses the first week. The veteran is undoubtedly determined not to miss time, but it's more important for the Bears -- and fantasy owners -- if he plays the rest of the season. Owners in IDP leagues looking to take Urlacher shouldn't adjust his value too much based on this news. The Bears as a D/ST unit are still one of the top teams in fantasy football regardless of Urlacher's status for Week 1.