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Urlacher on track to start Thursday

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 11, 2012 – 4:12 pm

Brian Urlacher was held out of practice Tuesday, but Bears coach Lovie Smith revealed that the star middle linebacker will start Thursday night’s game against the Packers in Green Bay.

After missing more than a month of training camp and all four preseason games with a knee injury, Urlacher sat out one practice last week before playing in Sunday’s 41-21 season-opening win over the Colts. He was rested most of the second half after the Bears had built a 20-point lead.

“Brian is on track,” Smith said. “We have a plan for him. You’ve just got to trust the plan. Everybody has to. I feel pretty good; the plan came through last week. Hopefully it will this week.

“Brian is going to start the game this week. He’s in good shape. We don’t feel like there are any issues that he has dealing with the knee. Brian is just like any of the other players as I see it right now; short week, a little sore, but should be ready to go by game time.”

Cornerback Charles Tillman also did not practice Tuesday due to a lower leg injury he sustained in the first quarter against the Colts.

“Charles’ shin is getting better,” Smith said. “We have a little bit of time still before the game.”

Tight end Kyle Adams (shoulder) was limited, while tackle J’Marcus Webb (thumb) practiced without restrictions.

For the Packers, receiver Greg Jennings (groin), linebacker Terrell Manning (concussion) and running back James Starks (toe) did not practice; and cornerback Davon House (shoulder), linebacker Jamari Lattimore (ankle) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (groin) were limited.

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