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08:04 AM ET 08.15 | Clearly, the Bears will miss having Brian Urlacher in the lineup if he can't go in the season opener after having arthroscopic surgery Tuesday. But probably not as much as they've missed him in the past. ... Hunter Hillenmeyer replaced Urlacher at middle linebacker [in both 2004 and 2009] season, though Nick Roach started three games in the middle in 2009. "Hunter always did a good job, whether it was middle or outside," linebackers coach Bob Babich said. "But Hunter Hillenmeyer isn't here. Nick Roach did a good job -- not to disrespect Hunter at all." Among the differences this year -- if it comes to it -- is that Roach is a five-year veteran with more experience at middle linebacker than anybody who has backed up Urlacher.

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August 15, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Plan "B".

Everybody needs one.

August 15, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Every time someone talks about the Bears chances for a playoff spot, they add "if they can stay healthy."

Here we are after 1 preseason game, and we have to say it already.

August 15, 2012  08:10 AM ET
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Plan "B". Everybody needs one.

I'd rather need Plan B than Preparation H.

August 15, 2012  08:12 AM ET

So much for his "on paper" theory that was on here a few weeks or so back.

August 15, 2012  08:13 AM ET
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I'd rather need Plan B than Preparation H.

Roids ain't no joke....


Not those roids!

August 15, 2012  08:25 AM ET

A Roach for Urlacher. Sure, why not? Can't hurt.

August 15, 2012  08:27 AM ET

It is time for them to shed some of these older defenders and get young....

August 15, 2012  08:28 AM ET
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Plan "B". Everybody needs one.

"Plan 9 From Outer Space" would be as effective for the Bears.

August 15, 2012  08:33 AM ET
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"Plan 9 From Outer Space" would be as effective for the Bears.

A classic!

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August 15, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Every time someone talks about the Bears chances for a playoff spot, they add "if they can stay healthy."Here we are after 1 preseason game, and we have to say it already.

DD, funny how a depth chart works for different teams. Consider the Pats or Pack and their success with back-ups and then teams that can't lose a single piece without crumbling.

August 15, 2012  09:02 AM ET
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Plan "B". Everybody needs one.

A lot of people oppose the day-after pill.

August 15, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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A lot of people oppose the day-after pill.

And they themselves are the best arguments for its use.

August 15, 2012  09:24 AM ET

Urlacher is one tough SOB, he won't miss many games. Da Bears!

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August 15, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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Same can be said for the Eagles, Packers, Cowboys, Pats..

Most of us don't use "Cowboys" and "playoff spot" on the same page, let alone the same sentence.

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August 15, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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Most of us don't use "Cowboys" and "playoff spot" on the same page, let alone the same sentence.

If enough Giants, Eagles and Redskins get carted off the field we could be

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