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Lance Briggs says important to keep perspective on Brian Urlacher's knee injury

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Lance Briggs would prefer fellow linebacker Brian Urlacher were on the field alongside him during training camp. But, Briggs suggested it was better for Urlacher to deal with the injury now, as opposed to later when the games actually count.

"He's a competitor, and in his heart, he wants to be out on the field, playing football with the rest of us. It really tears at him that he can't do that right now. But, it's a long season - a very long season - and we have 16 games to get into the playoffs, in order to get ourselves into a position to play in the Super Bowl and win the thing," Briggs said. "That's what we have to keep in perspective, what's most important."

Briggs and other players tried to maintain an optimistic look at Urlacher's left knee scope. The hope is that he will return in time for the Sept. 9 regular season opener against the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field. Briggs said the injury gives the players behind Urlacher quality reps and opportunities.

"Nick's done well, as good as anyone could do right now, with Brian being out. He's played the position before, and he's comfortable in the position," Briggs said. "I think from our defensive unit, he gets us all aligned and playing well and he's very stout and smart. He knows where he needs to be."

Briggs added that he doesn't feel any added pressure to step up his leadership, given Urlacher's role as the leader of the defense.

"I just need to be me. Whatever leadership comes along with me being me is what I'm going to do. We're already leaders," Briggs said. "We lead in our own way, and that's what we'll continue to do."

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A lot of the Bear greats had knee problems toward the end of their careers, Dick Butkus and Dan Hampton come to mind. I remember when Hampton was playing in his final couple seasons, monday - wednesday after a game Hampton sometimes couldn't even walk. Ol Danimal remains one of my all-time favorite Bears. Bottom line here, its the nature of the beast, you play long enough in this physical game we all love called football, your body is gonna break down, especially with age.

I expect Urlacher to play this season, week one...maybe? Hopefully? The thing is, if Urlacher is still having knee problems by week one, why play him? Yeah it would be nice to see ol #54 out there running around but what good would he really do if he's not 100%, he'll never be 100% again, so 85% by then. I hate to see a guy damage his knees so bad he won't be able to walk right once he walks away from the game, again, Lach's 34, he messed his knees up late last season and his body simply won't heal like when he was 24. I'd hold him out till the opener when it counts and hopefully Lach will be ready to roll GO BEARS!!

Wakka Pow, feel my might Tripper. I warned not to wake the dragon, but oh no you couldn't listen and I had to smite Urlacher again. Keep it up and I shall start some serious smiting. We are not talking knee scopes either, I am talking busted thumbs and torn mcl, type smiting.

Now listen up hairball! I got my whammy finger out and it's got a hair trigger. Now I know what you're thinking. "Did he whammy six Bears or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum whammy finger, the most powerful whammy finger in the world, and would smite your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk? Go ahead, post, make my day.

Oh and Kevin I guess it's not a super secret plan to hide how the Bears plan to use Urlacher. Cause there is just no game film on him and teams have no clue how the Bears use flyin Brian. I mean it's not like anyone told you it was injury related and his personal days were probably Brian getting second and third opinions and looking doctors.

Turn out the lights, the party's over!!! You scrubs are done! Time to hang it up and rebuild this Mickey Mouse outfit! Start with Lovie all the way down to J'Marcus J'Webb.

"Perspective"? Here's some perspective: Lovie Smith's defense requires a middle linebacker to use deep drops and cover way downfield. Urlacher is the only Bear defender who can do that. He's also one of four stars on the defense, and probably the biggest and best one at that (the only competition is Peppers). To top all that off, middle linebacker is the single most important position in a 4-3 defense.

So there's your perspective. If Urlacher doesn't play or isn't at least close to 100%, you can forget any chance of the Bears getting to the Super Bowl, regardless of how many points the offense scores (which is also questionable considering the lousy left side of the line).

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