No need to sugarcoat situation

September, 3, 2012
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- One of the great sports myths is that players would not be on the field if they were not fully healthy. Truth is, an 85 percent Brian Urlacher is better than most 100 percent middle linebackers in the league.

If only the Chicago Bears would admit this.

Instead, they act as if the harder they try to make Urlacher seem perfectly healthy, the closer to full-strength he’ll actually be.

“He did everything we asked him to do,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said after practice Monday. “He was one of the guys. … Today was back to the normal routine as much as anything.”

All of which told us little as to how Urlacher’s left knee actually held up to his first practice in five weeks, which is the only thing that really matters.

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Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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