Brian Urlacher sat out the entire offseason program for the Chicago Bears but leaves no doubt he will be on the field when training camp begins next month.

Urlacher, who suffered a sprained MCL and PCL in his left knee in the team’s season finale at Minnesota, was relegated to some running on the side during the team’s mandatory veteran minicamp earlier this month. He wore a small brace on the knee. He told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune “for sure” when asked if he will practice when training camp opens.

I could have participated in minicamp, but there was no reason to,” Urlacher said. “It was three days of stuff that I'm going to be doing at training camp, so there was no real reason to push it.”

The Bears could take it easy with the 34-year-old in camp too. Urlacher said he might be on a program where he gets every fourth day off or so. Bears coach Lovie Smith has been known to rest veterans during the grind of training camp.

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