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After missing practice time for the sixth straight day and amid a barrage of injury rumors, the Bears have announced the linebacker Brian Urlacher will not play in this Thursday's preseason opener against the Denver Broncos. 

The Bears are stressing however, that Urlacher's absence has nothing to do with the injury rumors being pumped out of Bourbannias. Head coach Lovie Smith said today that Urlacher's absence from both practice and the upcoming game is due to "personal issues" and has nothing to do with a knee problem. 

The Bears will be turning to one time Urlacher replacement Nick Roach, who started for Urlacher when he missed the enirity of the 2009 season. Roach was quickly replaced by Hunter Hillenmeyer and started just three games. Chicago is hoping that Roach can get more comfortable in the middle this time around so if Urlacher's health takes a nose dive once the season begins, Lovie Smith can plug the hole immediately. 


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