(WSCR) Bears captain Brian Urlacher has missed four straight practices during training camp as he works to recover a lingering MCL injury suffered in last season’s finale.

While any injury merits concern, one Bears expert said there’s reason to be positive about Urlacher’s injury.

“The most telling thing was (head coach Lovie Smith) said there’s no new injury here, there’s nothing new that’s wrong,” Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune and National Football Post told The Mully and Hanley Show. “So, if you take what he said at face value there, I think that’s good news. Lovie said that he expected Urlacher to miss some time in training camp, but there’s no way that he expected him to miss four practices in a row with an off day tucked in the middle there. I think a little bit of concern is warranted here.”

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Urlacher will likely miss the Bears preseason opener Thursday, but Biggs isn’t concerned about that.

“It really doesn’t matter if this guy plays in preseason,” he said. “(But) he needs to find a way, somehow, to be in game shape.

“He is fit right now. He’s physically fit right now, but the knee has got some pain. I think there’s concern, but the Bears obviously didn’t expect this to be some issue that’s going to be a problem for them this season. (If they did) they would have done a much better job of addressing inside linebacker during the offseason.”

Fortunately for the Bears, it appears as though Urlacher won’t need surgery on the injured knee.

“From what I understand, there are no plans for a scope here,” Biggs said. “We’ll see if he’s back here at some point this week. One of the things Lovie said this week is they’re going to take their time with him. I’m certainly not expecting him at 2:30 this afternoon. Maybe he is out there. Who knows at this point?”

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