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The Bears Den: August 15, 2012 - Training Camp News and Notes

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"...where we're all going to be geniuses about knee surgery recovery time by the end of today."

Brian Urlacher has knee surgery - Has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and still hopes to be ready for the season opener.

Sorry, Mike Tice, You Can’t Have It Both Ways - As a guy who has tried to sell everyone on Webb for the past two seasons, you only have yourself to blame for the rotten situation unfolding on Jay Cutler’s blind side.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Is Craig Steltz is pushing for a starting position? Why aren't the Bears playing Gabe Carimi at LT? Will Chris Summers make the 53-man roster?

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Urlacher kneewatch 2012

Urlacher undergoes procedure on knee - Goal to play in the regular season opener remains unchanged.

Long year of maintenance for Brian Urlacher - Seifert: When Urlacher walked off the field Jan. 1 after suffering the injury in the regular-season finale, I don't think anyone thought we would still be discussing it eight months later.

Week 1 return for Urlacher 'aggressive' - ESPN's medical analyst says a Week 1 return for Brian Urlacher is a little aggressive.

Brian Urlacher undergoes surgical procedure on knee - Admitted that practicing early in camp may have negatively affected his knee: "I think just the shock of being out there so long and doing so many movements like that was too much for my knee."

After surgery, Bears still expect Urlacher to start opener - Biggs: Recovery from this type of knee procedure normally isn't a serious problem but team will get Nick Roach ready to step in as needed.

Urlacher surgery raises questions about opening day and beyond - Moon Mullin: Brian Urlacher underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday morning, but still plans to be back on the field by the start of the regular season.

[Video] Can Urlacher Make it Back for Week 1? - Jeff Dickerson reports on Brian Urlacher's knee surgery and how it will affect his free agency status at the end of the year.

[Video] Kip and Moon react to Urlacher's surgery - Kip Lewis and Moon Mullin give their take on Brian Urlacher's knee surgery.

Bears squarely in 'Now what?' phase after Urlacher surgery - Moon Mullin: With Brian Urlacher needing knee surgery, the Bears are now faced in a situation where all three of their starting linebackers have never stepped on the field together as a collective unit.

Urlacher will play in season opener - Has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and still hopes to be ready for the season opener. Includes video interview which makes mention of that Bears fan POTUS was asking about the knee .

Urlacher Could Be Ready For Season-Opener - The usual recovery time after a non-invasive procedure like this is 6-8 weeks, depending on the depth of damage of the knee. If the fraying of cartilage wasn’t too severe, Urlacher could be back before that.

Brian Urlacher has hope after the scope - Sean Jensen: After a left knee scope Tuesday morning, Urlacher and the Bears still are targeting the Sept. 9 opener for his return, a timetable that an orthopedic surgeon didn’t rule out — with a disclaimer.

Urlacher's speedy return more hope than actual plan - Bowen: When the Bears' MLB comes back from knee surgery, he's bound to need some time for fine-tuning his skills.

[Video] Laurence Holmes & Adam Hoge discuss Urlacher’s surgery - Also, the impact of the new WRs and concerns about the LT position.

Players not expecting to be without Urlacher when it counts - Moon Mullin: After news surfaced Tuesday morning of Brian Urlacher undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, his teammates say they don't doubt he'll back on the field sooner rather than later.

Bears thinking long-term after Brian Urlacher's knee surgery - Sean Jensen: LB had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning but the goal is still for him to play in season opener on Sept. 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.

With Urlacher out, Nick Roach will be stepping up to the Mike - Under Lovie Smith, the Tampa-2 was tweaked o take advantage of the physical gifts #54 brought to the middle. Can anyone come close to carrying the load that Urlacher does?

Hillenmeyer confident Bears can adjust if Urlacher missed time in lineup - "Even with a guy who is a Hall of Famer like Brian, there are probably some things Nick does better than Brian." Possibly better taste in women?

Bears seem better equipped to cope with Urlacher’s possible absence - A good offense has rarely been the Bears’ best defense. But that might happen this season.

Why Did Bears Keep Urlacher's Knee Injury Secret? - Maggie Hendricks: Bears kept the severity of the injury from fans even as they shelled out cash for tickets.

Camp notes

Without Solid Left Tackle, Bears Can Forget Super Bowl - Unless there is an unforeseen performance from Webb, Williams or a scrapheap LT that doesn’t appear to actually exist, chances seem slim that the Bears' 26-year championship drought will end this fall.

Assigning blame for Bears tackle mess - Rosendoom moans.

Notes From A Final Sunday In Bourbonnais - SBN Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell's final report from Bears camp on Sunday.

Cutler isn't worried about pass blocking - JC: "If we have to keep eight in there, if we have to keep nine in there, that’s what we’re going to do." I distinctly recall predicting J-Webb and his Nation would line up on the left side of the line. It's not yet been ruled out...

Photos - Bears training camp - Shots from Tuesday's practice at ONU.

CampTour'12: What we learned - A roundup of Seifert's thoughts from touring the NFCN training camps.

ProFootballFocus First Impressions: First Rounders - McClellin "wasn’t without his flaws ... but if the Bears are going to use him as a situational rusher he could be in for a big year." Emery pleased with progress.

Cutler, Forte will play, but don’t expect a juggernaut - Cutler: ‘‘We’re going to keep things pretty basic. It’s not going to be the end of the world if we’re not clicking on all cylinders.’’ Also, camp notes.

Evan Rodriguez making a strong impression - Rookie tight end stood out on special teams in the first exhibition and has played well on offense during training camp. Also, camp notes.

Bear Facts: DT Matt Toeaina - Contrary to literally (and I mean literally) everyone else who's seen him play, Dionne Miller seems to think "he can assist in the pass rush". No word on how good his kickoffs are, or his FG accuracy beyond 40 yards.

Emery mum on new Cutler contract - Phil Emery spoke in depth Tuesday about the process of beefing up the roster to support the team's "franchise-level QB", but declined to discuss a potential new contract for Jay Cutler, who in 2013 enters the final year of his deal.

Everything else Areas of concern for all 32 NFL teams - Bears' issues are at LT and #54. At least we're not the Cardinals.

[Video] Unconcerned With Peppers Grades - Colin Cowherd discusses the release of Julius Peppers' grades at North Carolina. Is he a 4.0 at DE for the Bears? That's all I care about.

Bears are one of top teams in Madden 13 - Forte among elite backs, Bush one of the better reserve RBs. Cutler 15th best QB but Bears are 6th best team in the game.

Know thy enemy - AP gets through first practice, wants more. Bowen amazed with RB's recovery.

Know thy enemy - Cedric Benson has split contract with Packers, would take pay cut if he lands on IR.

[Video] Kaplan reads J-Webb's poetry - When Kaplan - Kaplan! - puts on a beret and still mocks you, it's time to stop what it is you're doing.

I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.