Brian Urlacher dominates the injury talk going into week one and was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. The practice was Urlacher’s second of the week which is a good sign as we approach the weekend. Being able to go yesterday means there was no negative reaction coming off his first practice since July 31st. Love Smith simply stated Urlacher had a full practice. All signs point toward #54 starting Sunday.
There has been much debate if the Bears should hold Urlacher out of opener versus the Colts and make sure he is ready for the week two showdown with the Green Bay Packers. If the knee is healthy enough to play Sunday, he should play. Nobody knows how the knee is going to react to real NFL football again, but keeping him out of week one because you are looking ahead to week two is a terrible idea.
Chris Conte is still battling a shoulder injury suffered against the Redskins in week two of the fake season. He was listed as a limited participant. He also practiced Monday and it looks like he will be able to go versus the Colts on Sunday. Safety has been a concern for the Bears since these two teams squared off in Super Bowl XLI, but Conte showed signs last year he is ready to fill the void and if healthy, will get the call opposite Major Wright.
Adam Podlesh is nursing a hip pointer and was listed as limited in Wednesday’s practice. Coach Smith said anyone who practices on a Wednesday has a good chance to go on Sunday. The Bears have a backup in place with Ryan Quigley, but it would be nice to have one of the league’s better punters able to go.
Last on the list is Lorenzo Booker. He was a DNP (did not participate) and it is believed he suffered a concussion in the preseason finale against Cleveland. He is likely to only to see time on Special Teams even when healthy.
One positive on the injury report, Stephen Paea isn’t on it.
Tice Speaks on Carimi
Offensive Coordinator Mike Tice had some interesting things to say when asked about Gabe Carimi in front of the media. The usually upfront Tice said the second year tackle is going to take a while to get to full speed and “isn’t all the way back yet”. He also said Chris Williams would be used to spell Carimi when he needs a breather.
Carimi is a guy to watch on Sunday. The coaching staff obviously has concerns about his endurance level for a full NFL game as he continues to work his way back from a knee injury.
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