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Urlacher is healthy and optimistic about his defense

Updated: September 10, 2009, 3:40 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson

Expect a different Brian Urlacher in 2009.

"I feel stronger," Urlacher said on Thursday. "I didn't have to rehab this offseason, I was just able to train for football. I had a good training camp, stayed healthy, and got through the preseason games pretty good. I just feel confident in my body, and my abilities again.

That's excellent news for the Chicago Bears -- they need their middle linebacker to dominate like he did before back and neck issues slowed him down ...

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