Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/12/12

While reiterrated that he absence from practice was for "personal reason, just like coach Smith said," Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher says he'll be ready for the regular season opener for sure.

Urlacher did not attend Thursday's preseason operner vs. the Denver Broncos and has missed 6 consecutive practice, 4 of which were for a sore left knee that was injured in 2011's last game. He says the knee is better now, and the other two absences were for personal reasons.

"(The season opener is) all that matters to me," he said. "Preseason games and all these practices -- I'd love to be out there -- but I'm not gonna put myself in jeopardy of missing the first game."

He also said he trusts the Bears staff to take care of him and make sure he's ready:

"Our doctors are the best. I trust what they say. I just do what I'm told to do; I practiced the first four or five days and felt pretty good. Then it got sore and a little swollen. So I'm taking some time off right now."

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