Linebacker Brian Urlacher returned to practice on Friday and was limited as the Chicago Bears prepare to play the Lions in Sunday’s regular season finale.
Even though Urlacher was limited in practice, it doesn’t sound like he’ll play this week.
The Bears will list Urlacher as doubtful for the game, according to a team spokesman, and chances are he was brought back to the field with an eye toward having him ready for a wild-card round playoff game next weekend.
“The normal progress we hoped he would make he has made,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “Brian doesn’t have to necessarily practice a full practice before we would play him, but we’re not to that point. We’re just going to look at how he moved around and see how he feels after today.
“It’s not like he went full speed. You just have to see if you think he’s ready to go when you’re coming off of a muscle injury. That’s how it goes. There’s no ideal time. But I wouldn’t take off too far on the Brian Urlacher talk. All we can tell you is that he had a limited practice today, which is progress for us, no more than that.”
The only way the Bears can get into the playoffs is if they beat the Lions and the Packers defeat the Vikings. So good luck Chicago.