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No need to sugarcoat situation

Even at less than 100 percent, Brian Urlacher still a first-tier linebacker

Updated: September 5, 2012, 11:57 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- One of the great sports myths is that players would not be on the field if they were not fully healthy. Truth is, an 85 percent Brian Urlacher is better than most 100 percent middle linebackers in the league.

If only the Chicago Bears would admit this.

Instead, they act as if the harder they try to make Urlacher seem perfectly healthy, the closer to full strength he'll actually be.

"He did everything we asked him to do," Bears coach Lovie Smith said ...

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