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Saturday, July 31, 2010
Bears camp Day 2: Brian Urlacher sits

By Kevin Seifert

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was among a handful of veteran players who didn't participate in the Chicago Bears' first full-pads practice of the summer Saturday night. Coach Lovie Smith, however, said Urlacher's absence was unrelated to the season-ending wrist injury he suffered last year.

"It was just me [holding him out]," Smith said, adding that Urlacher should be ready to practice Sunday.

It's not unusual for veteran players to take selected practices off during training camp. But in Urlacher's case, the decision pushed back the first football-related contact Urlacher was scheduled to have since he suffered the injury. Urlacher recently told the Chicago Tribune that he was anticipating that first hit.

"I still haven't fallen on it," Urlacher said. "I know it's going to happen eventually. But the one thing I know is that it's fully healed. That's all there is to it."

Also joining Urlacher on the sideline were center Olin Kreutz (rest), safety Chris Harris (back) and cornerback Tim Jennings (knee).

I'm planning a Bears "Camp Confidential" piece for Sunday afternoon, so I'll be brief with observations this evening. A few nuggets from Saturday night's practice: