Brian Urlacher has played every Sunday, so there is not anything wrong with him.
That’s the point the Bears’ middle linebacker drove home with the Philadelphia media during a conference call Wednesday afternoon.
Urlacher has been on the injury report for the first six weeks of the season, and has sat our each Friday practice with a back injury. He also missed a good chunk of the workouts in training camp—at least 40 percent—and Mike Mulligan penned an excellent analysis of the situation in Tuesday’s edition, the first piece that has really delved in to whether or not the former defensive MVP is at full strength. If you missed it, find it here: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/604826,CST-SPT-mully16.article
It’s a lower back problem Urlacher has had, but the aggressive Philly media couldn’t get much out of him as you will see from a partial transcription:
Q: How much have injuries played a factor in some defensive shortcomings?
Q: You’ve missed practices with a back injury. How much has it bothered you?
Q: Are you 100 percent healthy?
A: We don’t talk about injuries with the media. There’s an injury report every week that the coach puts out.
There’s a non-denial denial if there’s ever been one. As Mulligan pointed out it’s certainly striking that Lance Briggs has overtaken Urlacher for the team lead in tackles (by one) and has missed a game and a half. Urlacher is held to the highest of standards in these parts, but he’s played to the highest of levels. The good thing for him and some of the other injured players like cornerback Nathan Vasher is that the bye week is coming soon. If the Bears can get a victory Sunday at Philadelphia and then defeat Detroit at Soldier Field, all of those muscle pulls, sore knees, and bruises will feel a lot better during a bye week with the team at 4-4.