Sore knee keeps Brian Urlacher out for third straight day

Brian Urlacher suffered a sprained MCL in the regular-season finale for the Chicago Bears on Jan. 1.

The Pro Bowl middle linebacker did not participate in the club’s offseason program as he rehabilitated from the injury that did not require surgery. Now, Urlacher has been held out of the last three days of training camp practice with what coach Lovie Smith described as a sore knee.

Brian's knee is still a little bit sore. And a couple of other guys,” Smith said Friday night after the team’s practice at Soldier Field. “But they should be good to go next week.”

The Bears are off today and will return to practice on Sunday at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. Urlacher is wearing a brace on his knee to stabilize it, something he has not done previously in his career.

The Bears obviously expected him to heal fine because they didn’t do much to augment depth at the position in the offseason. Geno Hayes was signed as a potential backup but he’s considered an outside linebacker.

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