Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/16/12

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher isn't counting missed practices or offseason surgeries. He's keeping but one thing top of mind during training camp.

"Sept. 9. Ask me another question, I'll tell you Sept. 9," Urlacher said, repeating his stated goal of playing in the 2012 regular-season opener against the Colts. "That's my goal, and that's what we're shooting for and the whole time, that's been our goal."

Urlacher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee early Tuesday morning. He said the procedure was very minor, but he feels relief. That doesn't mean he won't face small hurdles in-season.

"I'm sure it's not going to feel comfortable all season long. I don't think after the first game, anyone is healthy," he said.

Urlacher hasn't practiced since July 31 and missed the entire offseason program recovering from PCL and MCL injuries in his left knee. He was hurt Jan. 2 at Minnesota. He said he's frustrated but now at the mercy of medical professionals clearing him to return.

"It's taken longer then I wanted. I felt really good at the beginning of training camp, and then I think I aggravated it a little bit, practicing those first few days, and it kind of flared up on me, and swelled up and some pain in there," he said. "So it is frustrating because after seven months, you'd think you'd be healthy again. But, I should be good to go now, hopefully."

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