Thursday, July 19, 2012
Brian Urlacher ready for camp
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said Thursday there won't be any limitations in training camp from the knee injury he suffered in the 2011 season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.
Urlacher missed OTAs as he recovered from the MCL and PCL injury in his left knee, and he couldn't even golf as recently as March 20. Yet, he said when the Bears have their first day in full pads July 28, he'll be ready.
"I'm full go for everything, so I won't be missing anything," Urlacher told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "One hundred and ten percent, I'm good to go. The vet days that we get every once in a while, we'll take those when we can, but other than that, I'm good to go."
Urlacher also was encouraged that Matt Forte received a four-year, $32 million extension just before Monday's deadline.
"I'm glad he got what he got," Urlacher said. "He deserved it. If anyone deserves it, it was Matt. He works his tail off and he produces on the field every Sunday.
"It was exciting seeing it get done. I think we all knew it would get done. ... It just went down to the wire. I'm glad it's over with and he's going to be in camp and happy."
Urlacher did not discuss his own contract, which expires after the season. He has told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" in the past that he wants to remain with the Bears, although he expects to enter free agency after the season.
For the time being, Urlacher is focused on this season, and he expects it to be a successful one for the Bears.
"Athletically and mentally, we're one of the best defenses in the NFL," Urlacher said. "You look at position by position, we match up with everybody pretty well.
"There's no doubt in (my) mind that we have the talent to (win the Super Bowl). It's just a matter of guys staying healthy and us performing on Sundays."