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Urlacher declines to discuss article

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 22, 2012 – 1:40 pm

Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher on Wednesday declined to confirm a newspaper report that he went to Europe in May or early June for an alternative treatment on his left knee.

“I heard about that,” Urlacher said when asked about the article. “Are there any quotes from me in there? I didn’t think so. Or anybody else for that matter? I didn’t think so. It doesn’t matter what I did or what I haven’t done. This is where we’re at now, so this is all that matters.”

As far as Urlacher and the Bears are concerned, nothing has changed since he addressed the media last Thursday, two days after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He still expects—as he did then—to be ready to play in the regular-season opener Sept. 9 against the Colts.

“Our goal is Sept. 9,” Urlacher said at the time. “Sept. 9 is all I care about. That’s my goal. That’s what we’re shooting for. The whole time that’s been our goal.”

Urlacher sat out the entire offseason program while recovering from a knee injury he suffered in last year’s season finale in Minnesota. The eight-time Pro Bowler participated in the first four training camp practices but hasn’t worked out with his teammates since July 31.

“This stuff is important, but that game [against the Colts] is more important than any of the stuff we’re doing right now,” Urlacher said last Thursday. “Same thing with the offseason. It’s important, but I want to be ready for the games that count.”

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