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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Bears' Kreutz had procedure on Achilles

By Jeff Dickerson
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Bears' center Olin Kreutz underwent a procedure Tuesday to remove a bone spur that was causing discomfort to one of his Achilles tendons, Kreutz's agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPNChicago.com.

"This occurred after years and years of pounding on Olin's body, but of course he wasn't going to say anything," Bartelstein said. "There was absolutely no cutting of the Achilles. Imagine walking around with a rock in your shoe that kept rubbing against your heel, it's very painful. The bone spur was actually rubbing against the Achilles, which is what caused the irritation."

Placing any sort of timetable on injuries is an inexact science, but Kreutz is not expected to be able to participate in any full-speed football drills for roughly 2-3 months. According to Bartelstein, the six-time Pro Bowl center will be in a walking boot for a few weeks, but should be able to ride a stationary bike before too long.

"This is going to turn out to be a blessing for him," Bartelstein said.

Kreutz hasn't missed a game since the 2002 season, and he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com