Urlacher with Bears in Cleveland

August, 30, 2012
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CLEVELAND -- Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher traveled with the team to Cleveland for its preseason finale against the Browns on Thursday. He spent a portion of the pregame throwing passes to the rest of the club's linebackers during warm-ups. The eight-time Pro Bowler wore a compression sleeve over his injured left knee.

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Eric P. Mull/US PresswireBrian Urlacher was on the sidelines during Thursday's preseason finale.

Urlacher did not make the trip to New Jersey last week when the Bears faced the New York Giants in preseason action.

Bears head coach Lovie Smith said earlier the week that Urlacher is on track to return to the practice field next week and to play in the regular-season opener on Sep. 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.

"Brian is making a lot of progress," Smith said. "It's kind of set up that way, for you guys not to see an awful lot (of what happens at practice). It wouldn't do me any good really to talk to you about that since we really don't want you to see an awful lot from there (the practice field). He's making progress, I will let you know that about him. Just like we said all along, I expect to see No. 54 out on the field next week in practice and playing against the Colts."

Urlacher hasn't practiced since July 31 after he re-injured his left knee in practice. Urlacher hurt the same knee in the Bears' 2011 regular season finale at Minnesota and missed the entire offseason program while attempting to recover from that initial knee injury.

Urlacher underwent an arthroscopic clean-up procedure on Aug. 14 to correct the latest problem.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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