(WSCR) When news broke Tuesday that Brian Urlacher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee, Bears fans across Chicago covered their eyes and hoped for the best.
By all accounts, the surgery went as excepted, and the Bears plan to have Urlacher ready for the season opener on September 9.
“He should be feeling better really quick, certainly much sooner than he would have if they would’ve continued to try to rest it here,” Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune and National Football Post told The Mully and Hanley Show. “Obviously, it just needed to be cleaned out. These are minor procedures. This isn’t a big deal. I think it becomes a bigger deal when you talk about a guy and you say, ‘Oh, they scoped his knee for the third or fourth time.’ This is the first time Brian Urlacher has had his knee scoped. I would expect him to be feeling better real quick.
LISTEN: Brad Biggs on The Mully and Hanley Show
“Guys have come back from scopes in as little as two weeks. They’ve got a little bit more time than that. On the outside range, these things can take four weeks or a little more than four weeks. Now, we’re talking about being past September 9 and that Colts game. They’re right on the bubble here of getting him back.”
So why did Urlacher wait so long to have this procedure done?
“Certain players will go to any length to not have surgery,” Biggs said. “They will try anything to avoid surgery. I think what the Bears did here was they tried the rest and rehabilitation, but (Urlacher) just wasn’t responding. There was still swelling, there was still pain. When you have swelling in the knee, that’s when you’re going to have pain in the knees.”