When Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher had to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee, most fans feared the worst. He's been injured frequently over the past few seasons, and many were linking his injury back to when he injured his knee previously. The other injury was to his MCL and PCL, and it was a serious affair. This time around though, Urlacher says (via a Zach Zaidman tweet) that the injury he suffered in training camp was different than the one he suffered a season ago.
On top of that, a tweet from Vaughn McClure gives some more information on the injury sustained:
Urlacher's injury during training camp was to cartilage in his knee. Was not the MCL or PCL.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 6, 2012
All signs point to Urlacher being ready to go for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. It's definitely a good thing to see that the injury is unrelated to last year's, for a couple of reasons. For one, MCL and PCL injuries are generally more serious than cartilage injuries. For two, having a specific injury become a consistent problem is basically the end of the line for a player who is playing in his 14th NFL season.