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Urlacher has injury advice for Williams

11/17/2011

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chris Williams might want to seek out Brian Urlacher for advice on how to recover from a dislocated left wrist that required immediate surgery last Sunday.

On second thought, maybe Williams should steer clear of Urlacher, since the Pro Bowl middle linebacker didn't exactly paint a pretty rehab picture. Urlacher suffered the same injury in Week 9 of the 2009 season and was lost for the rest of the year.

"He's going to be really bored for a long time," Urlacher said. "[He'll] wear a cast for 12 weeks. He'll be OK, he'll get through it just like I did. It's just frustrating because when he gets his cast off he's not going to be able to move his arm. It's going to be frustrating. His wrist won't move.

"But he'll be OK. It's just one of those things you have to go through I guess. It's very frustrating, especially for us, because he's played so well. Chris was having a good season and our offensive line was really coming together. But Edwin [Williams] is going to do a good job for us stepping in there. But [I'm] just sad for Chris because he was playing so well."

In hindsight, the year away from football probably came at a decent time for Urlacher, who battled a variety of injuries following the Bears Super Bowl appearance. A refreshed and rejuvenated Urlacher returned to the field in 2010 and made his first Pro Bowl in three seasons. That might be a lot to ask of Williams in 2012, but Urlacher proved a player can return from a dislocated wrist and not miss a step.

It just takes time.