According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Chicago Bears don’t expect linebacker Brian Urlacher to be ready for week one of the regular season and are preparing to play without him.
“I’m told that the Bears are pessimistic that Urlacher will be ready on opening day.
“It’s possible, but a lot of things are possible. Urlacher wants to be out there, but players aren’t often the best gauge for their own health. This is the same guy who has been clear he’d basically do whatever to be on the field. Urlacher wants to play in Week 1, and the team has done nothing to dissuade him. They are allowing him to plan as if he’ll be ready.
“But internally, they are preparing as if he won’t. If he does have to miss Week 1, he won’t be needed against the Indianapolis Colts. How he plays in pass defense could go a long way in determining whether they’ll beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 2,” Rapoport reported.
At this point, I don’t think Urlacher will be healthy until week three or four.