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Urlacher practices without limitations

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 5, 2012 – 5:25 pm

Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher practiced without restrictions Wednesday as the Bears continued to prepare for Sunday’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Urlacher said Tuesday that his left knee was pain-free after practicing Monday for the first time since July 31. The eight-time Pro Bowler sat out the entire offseason program while recovering from a knee injury he sustained in last year’s season finale in Minnesota.

After participating in the first four training camp practices, Urlacher suffered swelling and soreness and ultimately underwent arthroscopic surgery Aug. 14.

Punter Adam Podlesh (hip) and safety Chris Conte (shoulder) were limited Wednesday. The Bears are hopeful that both will be able to play against the Colts after suffering their injuries Aug. 18 in a preseason win over the Washington Redskins.

When asked specifically about Podlesh’s availability, coach Lovie Smith said: “When you practice on a Wednesday, there’s a chance that you can go. We’ll monitor him still and see how he performs [Thursday]. But he’s been making steady progress to say the least.”

The only Bears player who did not practice was running back Lorenzo Booker, who sustained a head injury in last Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns.

For the Colts, linebacker Pat Angerer (foot) and guard Joe Reitz (knee) missed practice, while running back Delone Carter (chest) and receiver T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) were limited.

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