The major news today, of course, is that Brian Urlacher underwent arthroscopic knee surgery today. After being “excused for personal reasons” for a week, while the team claimed his knee would be OK for the season opener. Urlacher reiterated today that he was gone for personal reasons when asked if the absence was related to the condition of his knee. The Bears continue to state that Urlacher will be ready for the season opener “as far as they know,” while WSCR was reporting this afternoon that this is in doubt.
No question the Bears’ defense revolves around the play of Urlacher, and having him unavailable, especially for the game at Green Bay the second week of the season, would have unfortunate consequences for the team.
And over the weekend, running back Cedric Benson signed with the Packers. I’m hoping Green Bay ends up getting a dose of bad Cedric before the year is up, and he doesn’t rush for 192 yards against his old team as he did in 2009.