Bears' Urlacher vows to play Week One

Posted Sept. 03, 2012 @ 12:35 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated Monday, Sept. 3, 6:21 p.m.

Bears MLB Brian Urlacher told a Chicago TV station that despite his balky knee, he plans to play Week One against the Colts.

Urlacher told WFLD-Channel 32 that his left knee, which has been operated on multiple times this offseason, "will never be the same" but that he'll be on the field for the regular-season opener.

"I'm playing Sunday," Urlacher said. "That's a done deal."

Urlacher was on the field for practice on Monday. Bears head coach Lovie Smith said last week he expected to see Urlacher on the practice field prior to the Colts game.

Urlacher sprained the MCL and PCL in his left knee in Week 17 last season and underwent an arthroscopic procedure in August. The Chicago Tribune reported that Urlacher went to Europe to undergo an experimental, non-surgical procedure prior to the scope.

The Bears have a short turnaround if Urlacher hopes to play in Week Two against the Bears' division rivals, the Packers. The game is on Thursday, Sept. 13 — four days after the Colts game — in Green Bay.

Some have suggested that Urlacher should skip the opener and wait to play against the Packers. He apparently disagrees with that idea.

"I don't see why (I would wait)," Urlacher said. "We have a day off Monday (before the Packers game) and our practices before that game will be quick anyway. There is not a whole lot that is going to happen. We already have our game plan in, I think.

"Because we play Green Bay twice a year, we know what they're doing, they know what we're doing. There shouldn't be a whole lot of game-planning going on."