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Thursday's practice/injury report; Urlacher out

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Bears coach Lovie Smith confirmed that Brian Urlacher, who did not practice for a fourth straight day will not play against the Cardinals during Saturday night's exhibition at Soldier Field.


Urlacher did run on an adjacent field under the watchful eyes of the training staff and appears to be improving, however.

In other injury news, rookie safety Major Wright is now able to participate in everything except contact drills while recovering from surgery to repair his fractured finger.

Quarterback Caleb Hanie (shoulder), safety Craig Steltz (ankle), linebacker Nick Roach (knee) and receiver Earl Bennett (hamstring) did not practice, although Bennett did run some pass patterns and is improving. It appeared as if veteran center Olin Kreutz had been given the day off.

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{Somewhere in the depths of time...}

..."Captain Smith, sir, it is reported that the Titanic has hit an iceberg. Can you give us a damage report?"
..."The vessel is fine. It's just a minor scrape. We will be back up and running in no time."

Brian Urlacher is at a point in his career where he's either gonna fade out because of injuries, or make a couple more pro-bowls and go out an undisputed first ballot Hall of Famer. Urlacher will make the Hall, 2000 defensive rookie of the year, 2000-03 & 2005-06 pro-bowler, and 2005 defensive player of the year. You can't argue with what the guy has done over the course of his career, like him or not, and there are guys already in the HOF who have done less. I just don't know if he was to fade out because of injuries if he would make it as a first ballot? I'd like to think he would, but I don't know, the guy isn't exactly a media darling, and ultimately, its the media (pro sports writers) who decide who makes it and who doesn't. I'll be pulling for ol #54 to return to form.

Major Wright needs to get back, he's Chicago's best bet at free safety this season. I'd like to see Nick Roach return also, he's probably not gonna start, but Tinooisamoa has major durability problems, so Roach will probably find himself back in the starting lineup at some point this season. it should be interesting as always GO BEARS!!

This is the type of injury that he'd just play through during the regular season. Everyone come back from the ledge.

In his prime Brian was a great athlete, one of the best linebackers in the league. Though he’s still a superior player his age and the demands of his position especially under Smith's scheme make him more susceptible to injury. As such, I see him as another Mike Brown ... a player late in his career yet essential to the defense, but who simply won't be able to stay healthy. I see him going down to injury early. It's a shame that Brian and Bears fans were robbed of enjoying more of Brian's prime years that were squandered by a weak Bears front office and Lovie Smith's mismanagement underscored by his firing of Rivera and his foolish consistency in clinging to the cover-2. Of course, when Brian does go down, Smith will again use it as excuse as to why the Bears will enjoy another year at the bottom of the defensive stats chart. It will be interesting to see if the Bears front office continues to buy it.

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