Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/23/12

In the last Chicago Bears game of the 2011 season against the Vikings, Bears fans cringed as they saw Major Wright fall on top of Brian Urlacher who awkwardly went down doing the splits.

Not since seeing Johnny Knox be folded up like a lawn chair, had anything looked so grotesque for fans who watched their hero Urlacher go down.  

Fans breathed a sigh of relief when it was revealed it was only a sprain and no one really thought much of it again until the Bears started practicing this year.

Urlacher and Lovie Smith have continuously blown off the knee issue and the fact Urlacher wasn’t practicing stating it was just a precaution. 

As the questions started to mount, Urlacher finally had a scope done and since that time, there has been no clear-cut answer from the Bears' camp or Urlacher himself in regards to the status of his knee.   

It is now been released that Urlacher had went to Europe for some secret therapy on the injured left knee earlier this year. Urlacher denies specifics in regards to this. No treatment information is being released and mixed statements are swirling around regarding the possibility of No. 54 being ready for the season opener against the Colts.

The question I have had since I actually remembered that Urlacher was hurt last year, is why is this now some big revelation? Why wouldn’t Urlacher or the Bears look into being proactive in getting the knee fixed during the off season?  

I’m sure when Urlacher rolled out of bed every morning, the knee was stiff, the knee was sore, so, either he either took the injury too lightly or the Bears staff did. In reality, an injury that is supposedly so minor would have been taken care of months ago.

I am starting to wonder if there has been more to this injury from the get go that the rest of us weren’t privy to. I find it hard to believe this is an issue that wasn’t dealt with and I really don’t understand the “hush hush” attitude from everyone involved. 

In analyzing what information is available; one would assume that Urlacher truly did know there was an issue with his knee not healing properly and took it upon himself to seek a treatment in Germany that Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez also had done, which was successful for both of them. 

It appears if Urlacher did in fact have this treatment, it obviously didn’t work and thus the scope was done earlier this month.  

So many questions and so many question marks are out there in regards to the status of Brian Urlacher. No one is talking and both coach Lovie Smith and Urlacher himself are getting annoyed with all the questions and speculation. 

It is apparent we will not know the answer until the Bears kick off on September 9th against the Colts.  

As a fan of Urlacher and more importantly, a fan of the Chicago Bears, I can only hope that we see No. 54 on the field this year, but, I am truly starting to have my doubts.



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