Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has been a vocal critic of the turf at Soldier Field, and he didn't hold back after conditions prevented the club from practice there Friday night.
"A joke. I don't understand why you can't have your field ready," Urlacher said. "It sucks for the fans because I'm sure it was a pain in the butt to get down there with all the traffic but I think coach did the right thing not letting us practice on that stuff.
"We ended up having a late practice last night but it's too bad it had to be that way."
The Chicago Park District, which is responsible for the turf at Soldier Field, apologized for the mistake and will refund fans who paid the $8 entry fee. But, the Bears traveled north from Bourbonnais, where training camp is held, only to turn back around and return there for a late practice that ended around 10:30 p.m. Friday night.
Urlacher reiterated he thinks the Bears should play on Field Turf.
"I don't understand why they don't have Field Turf yet. We're a fast team," he said. "The injury issues aren't as bad as they used to be. They've gone down a lot in the past few years with the way they've made the turf. So I don't understand it.
"Use our speed. Let us get out there and run."