Brian Urlacher undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning after missing more than two weeks of training camp.

Urlacher, who sprained the MCL and PCL in the knee in the Jan. 1 season finale, had been suffering from pain and swelling in the knee after practicing for about a week. The club shut him down after July 31 and then he took a week off for what the club termed “personal reasons.”

The Chicago Tribune reported this morning that Urlacher had the scope, and the goal is for the Pro Bowl performer to still be on the field when the regular season begins Sept. 9.

Urlacher was asked in an interview by Fox-32 on Monday if there had been a scope on his knee and gave no indication a procedure was coming up.

"No," Urlacher told Fox-32. "I am pretty sure if I got surgery we have to tell the NFL from what I understand, right? I definitely didn't get knee surgery. I was gone for personal reasons."

Fox host Lou Canellis then asked Urlacher if there was an arthroscopic surgery he could have and return in two weeks.

"I don't know," Urlacher said. "I am just going to keep resting right now. I have never had a scope. I don't know how that stuff works. This is the first time I have ever done anything to my knee so I am kind of new to this. I don't know. Honestly, I don't know how that works."

It's possible Urlacher, 34, and the team decided later Monday that it was best for him to have the knee examined. Now, he will almost certainly miss the entire preseason but could still be ready to face the Indianapolis Colts in the season opener at Soldier Field.

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