Yesterday, I posted a quick piece on Brian Urlacher and his knee. A conversation that we have all been dreading. Something we’ve all known we will have to deal with throughout the season, whether we like it or not. But I basically was saying that I thought the injury was worse than what they are telling the public due to the fact that it has been seven months since it initially occurred and there are still issues lingering.
Well, I hate to say it, but I think I was right.
Tuesday morning, it was reported that Urlacher had surgery on his knee (although, there are claims that it wasn’t “full blown” surgery, just a minimal procedure, if that makes a difference…). Just days after saying he will be ready to play week one.
My number one question is: why wasn’t this surgery performed months ago?
Why did it take eight months to find out his knee could not handle a two hour practice? Shouldn’t he have at least been going through physical therapy or minimal workouts to find out the limits on what his knee could handle? I don’t understand what the trainers or staff have been telling him this entire time.
This isn’t great. I’m hopeful that Brian recovers quickly and is ready by Week Two (Packers, duh), but we have seen similar injuries throughout the NFL in the past and they have not always ended in the players favor. Urlacher’s versatility and speed is what makes him a special player on our defense, and these qualities are jeprodized with this procedure.
And in the mean time, the Bears have a lot of questions to answer. They have led us to believe that everything was fine, and that the steps taken so far are a precaution to Brian’s previous injury. But having surgery done less than a month before week one tells us otherwise. Minimal or not.