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08:04 AM ET 10.10 | There's a reason Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher doesn't look like his usual All-Pro self these days. [It's] because he isn't. He'll tell you that. "I'm definitely not where I want to be," Urlacher said Tuesday. ... "But I feel like I'm getting better every week, which I guess is the progression I'm on right now." Urlacher sprained the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee in last year's regular-season finale. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in August and later missed much of training camp. It has been an arduous path back to the high levels he's used to playing at -- and which fans have gotten used to. As good as the Bears' defense has been, it can only get better if Urlacher rounds into form.

Chicago Sun-Times

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October 10, 2012  08:08 AM ET

He's 34. Bouncing back from an injury takes more time as you age. Like it or not, they need to think about a long-term replacement.

October 10, 2012  08:15 AM ET

Chicago media just seems to be in deep denial over the fact that an aging Urlacher has had a significant injury and isn't the player he used to be.

October 10, 2012  08:16 AM ET

He's 34! He may never be back to what he was before. However, the level he's at can still be pretty good.

October 10, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Get Jenny to massage it for you....oops, my bad, maybe stick with the whirlpool....

October 10, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Why did hw wait till August for the surgery ?

October 10, 2012  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why did hw wait till August for the surgery ?

Brett Favre had his way of avoiding training camp, and Urlacher has his own.

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October 10, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's 34! He may never be back to what he was before. However, the level he's at can still be pretty good.

Against the run......against the pass he looks real slow.....

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October 10, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

even a 75 % urlacher with his presence on the field and in the locker-room would be the envy of most other teams.

The question is is he even capable of 75% anymore? If Da Bears weren't already thinking about a long term replacement long before that injury, well then shame on them.

October 10, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why did hw wait till August for the surgery ?

I thought there were multiple procedures on his knee, with the last one done in August as a last ditch effort to get him ready for the season.

In any event, he's been a great player, but expecting him to be improving or getting stronger during the season requires a crack pipe and a lot of illegal substance.

October 10, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Get Jenny to massage it for you....oops, my bad, maybe stick with the whirlpool....

They're no longer any item. Brian hit it and quit it. As for his injury: what he does is QB the defense, so he doesn't have to be 100%. Right now,everything is fine. Defensive line is making plays so that the LBs and secondary are making INTs.

October 10, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's 34. Bouncing back from an injury takes more time as you age. Like it or not, they need to think about a long-term replacement.

That would take a good GM to think ahead...I know they just replaced the last clown but cleary they should have been grooming someone behind Url. He's just a guy now, no longer special

October 10, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Urlacher is the German word for overrated.Coincidence? I think not.

weak.

October 10, 2012  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Urlacher is the German word for overrated.Coincidence? I think not.

Thanks for bringing Sesame Street to T&R.

October 10, 2012  12:26 PM ET

Is Big Nerd the new Sesame Street character ?

October 10, 2012  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Is Big Nerd the new Sesame Street character ?

BTW Urlacher **doesn't** mean "overrated" in German.

October 10, 2012  02:31 PM ET

He's in denial.
What he meant to say is He's getting old, and He's breaking down!

 
October 10, 2012  04:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

He's in denial. What he meant to say is He's getting old, and He's breaking down!

Nah. Urlacher already said that before the start of the season. He said the leg would never be the same after last year's injury. The guy knows that his days are numbered. He'll play out his string and be given a cushy job by some adoring fan in Chi and he'll be set.

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