Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his left knee Tuesday according to general manager Phil Emery.
Despite the surgery Urlacher's goal is to be on the field for the Sept. 9 regular season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
"It's probably going to be (an issue all season long)," Urlacher told Fox Chicago. "I don't see it getting any better during the season. We have to manage it, my reps in practice, and then get through Sunday."
Urlacher missed all of the team's offseason workouts while recovering from the sprained medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee in the 2011 season finale against Minnesota.
He said he'd be ready for training camp, but the knee has swelled up in practice placing him on the sideline.
"As Brian came back, he was moving around very well in the early stages of camp," Emery said. "It reached a point where he started feeling soreness. He started having some slight swelling. We decided it was best to be as conservative and careful as we could to give him the rest he needed."
The rest wasn't enough as Urlacher still didn't feel comfortable on the knee and swelling was still immanent.
"Consulting with Brian, talking to our team physicians and trainers, we decided to go ahead and move forward and have it scoped. Basically a cleanup procedure to try to relieve some of the swelling so that the soreness would go away and Brian would be ready for the home opener," Emery said.
Urlacher said he felt he 'shocked' his knee with all the workouts early on in camp which could've easily had a negative impact. Either way, this is a contract year for Urlacher so getting the knee fully healed will be vital for him landing a new contract to stay in Chicago next season.
All he cares about, however, is being out on the field when week 1 hits and the games count.
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