Tuesday, August 10, 2010
BBAO: So far, so good for Brian Urlacher
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher admits he still feels some residual pain as he returns from a dislocated wrist, but Urlacher told ESPNChicago.com that the injury is medically healed and he wants to "show everyone that I'm back."
As he entered his second full week of training camp, Urlacher added:
"I knew it would hold up because they told me it was healed. There's still pain. It still hurts sometimes. I'm thinking about putting it on [offensive linemen]. I'm like, 'Is this gonna hurt?' And it hasn't hurt yet. So it's been good. It hasn't hurt me on the field yet, which is really surprising. It makes me think about using my hands more, actually. This is the best I've used my hands since I've been with [Bears coach Lovie Smith] -- like getting off blocks and moving and getting to the football. They're big on that."
Even as national observers focus on the Bears' offensive transition under new coordinator Mike Martz, Urlacher's status is no less important. So far, so good.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: "But through this early, first phase of practice, [Tommie] Harris and [Matt] Forte look like different players than they were in 2009 thanks to nobody but themselves."
- Bears quarterback Jay Cutler took a scheduled day off Monday, notes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- The Bears released their first depth chart of the summer. It was interesting to note that former right guard Roberto Garza was listed as the starting left guard, with Lance Louis on the right side.
- Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune on the "curious case" of Minnesota Vikings receiver Sidney Rice: "The situation is so vague that it has led to a growing feeling that Rice isn't rushing back in part because of a contract that will pay him a base salary of $550,000 this season with no escalators." Rice remains on the physically unable to perform list because of an unspecified hip injury.
- Vikings place-kicker Ryan Longwell said quarterback Brett Favre will determine his future based on how his surgically-repaired ankle feels, not based on a medical report. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has more.
- Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson is having the best camp of his career, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on rookie Bryan Bulaga's shift to left guard: "The move raises a potential question about [Daryn] Colledge's future with the Packers if Bulaga wins the job. If that's the case, the Packers might think they have enough depth on the offensive line to trade Colledge to a team looking for a starting guard. With 60 NFL starts and no games missed in his four previous season, the 28-year-old probably could fetch a mid-to late-round draft pick or a better backup than the Packers currently have at a position of need."
- Jon Jansen continues to compete for the Detroit Lions' starting right tackle job, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- Lions right guard Stephen Peterman had an MRI on his knee after swelling developed, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Manny Ramirez worked in his place with the first team.