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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Brian Urlacher won't need surgery

ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said Tuesday that his left knee is still a little swollen, but he will not undergo surgery after injuring his MCL and PCL during Sunday's win ove the Minnesota Vikings in the Metrodome.

Urlacher also said he will not play in the Jan. 29 Pro Bowl after being voted in for the eighth time.

"I feel a lot better," Urlacher said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "My knee is a little swollen.

"I feel better than I thought I would at this point, so that's good. The good news is no surgery, so that's a good thing. Just a little bit of rehab, and I should be fine."

Urlacher was injured when teammate Major Wright landed on him while going for an in interception in the end zone. He said he initially feared his ACL popped.

"I felt something I thought pop in there and move around," he said. "I never had a knee injury before, so I didn't know what to think. I thought I felt something pop. My knee was at an awkward angle.

"My first thing was my ACL, and that's the first question I asked our trainers and doctors when they went out there is 'How's my ACL?' They said it was fine, so I went from there and they diagnosed it right away."

Urlacher doesn't expect to miss the 10 weeks usually required for the injury.

"Once I get the rehab done and get this thing back to where it was before, there will be no worries in my mind, and I don't think it will take 10 weeks," he said. "I feel like I heal up pretty quick. I'll do exactly what they tell me to do, but I don't think it will take that long."