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Report: Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher had knee surgery

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher reportedly had surgery on his left knee Tuesday. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport)

Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, reports the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.

Urlacher sprained the MCL and PCL in that knee in Chicago's final regular season game last January. He played during the first week of Chicago's training camp but was then shut down because the knee swelled up, Biggs reports. He last practiced on July 31.

The veteran linebacker was away from the team for a week, but he said Sunday that he was gone for personal reasons, not anything related to his knee.

Throughout training camp, the 34-year-old Urlacher has said he would be ready for Chicago's first game, Sept. 9 against the Colts. It's uncertain whether that will still be the case.

Urlacher, who made his eighth Pro Bowl last season, has started the Bears' last 32 regular season games. He had 86 tackles and intercepted three passes last year.
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