WSCR is reporting that Brian Urlacher will have wrist surgery this week and will miss “significant” time this season. It is also being reported that strongside linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa will miss 3-6 weeks with his knee injury.
Wow. Not good.
I was impressed at how the defense continued to shut down the Packers-a dynasty in the making based on their preseason performance according to Michael Irvin-even after Urlacher and Tinoisamoa went down. That was heartening.
However…especially with how disappointed we’ve all been about Urlacher’s diminished play in 2007/2008, he still brings a presence to the defense that will not be felt if he’s out. I have a feeling we’re going to long for a diminished Urlacher with a back injury over Hunter Hillenmeyer as our year-long starter. Anyone remember 2004 when Urlacher missed significant time?
These are the breaks, plain and simple. This stuff happens, and good teams rebound regardless of injuries. Time will tell how the Bears rebound in 2009.