Black and Blue all over: Urlacher's summer

August, 21, 2009
8/21/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

We've spent so much time discussing quarterback Jay Cutler, defensive tackle Tommie Harris and the state of Chicago's secondary that we've hardly mentioned the summer of Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher -- a key to any successful season the Bears might have.

Urlacher seemed a lot less surly during the days I spent in Bourbonnais, Ill., last week. And reports from those who watched every practice of training camp suggest Urlacher, at the very least, seems unencumbered by the physical ailments that have limited him in recent years.

In his camp wrap-up piece, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times notes that Urlacher is "moving like he did a couple of years ago." A healthy offseason allowed Urlacher to train vigorously rather than focus on rehabilitation.

If he remains healthy and happy, Urlacher could be on his way to a revitalized season.

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