Brian Urlacher didn’t sit around waiting for his left knee to feel better.
Some have wondered how the Chicago Bears middle linebacker could wait from the time he sprained the MCL and PCL in his knee in the Jan. 1 season finale to August to have arthroscopic surgery.
Well, the perennial Pro Bowl performer took action before then. In a column for the Chicago Tribune, Mike Mulligan reports that Urlacher sought treatment for his knee in Europe during the spring.
Mulligan reports a source said Urlacher went to see “that famous doctor everybody goes to,” and another source said the player used his own dime to pay for a “non-invasive treatment” on the knee.
The famous doctor in Europe is likely Dr. Peter Wehling, the German-based founder of Regenokine therapy. The process takes five days and involves injections. Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant and the late Pope John Paul II, among others, have all had the treatment. Wehling declined, through a co-worker, to be interviewed.
Urlacher has steadfastly declined to discuss the topic and a Bears spokesman told Mulligan he would not confirm, deny or steer a reporter “in one direction or another.”
Urlacher remains sidelined after undergoing the scope last week and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said Tuesday the veteran is “smiling and great.” The Bears are hopeful Urlacher will be back on the field in time for the regular season opener Sept. 9 against the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field.
It’s clear Urlacher has been doing all he can to get better as quickly as possible.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune