Brian Urlacher didn't need to have surgery this offseason to repair two sprained ligaments in his left knee, but the linebacker can still feel the lingering effects of the injury, suffered in Chicago's regular season finale against the Minnesota Vikings last season. Urlacher sat out Chicago's off-season OTA workouts while he recovered, but has been on the practice field for the Bears throughout training camp. Urlacher is now equipped with a 13 oz. knee brace that the 34-year old admitted has been a process getting used to.
Here's what Urlacher told ESPN Radio on Wednesday:
"It drives me nuts," Urlacher said of wearing the brace during training camp while on the "Waddle and Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I’ve never worn a brace on any part of my body my whole career. It’s weird to wear, but I wore it this summer when I did my running drills. I feel comfortable with it on.
"I just like how the way it feels. The way my knee is right now, I’ve gotten use to wearing it. I don’t see me taking it off anytime soon."
Urlacher finished with 102 tackles and three interceptions for Chicago last season.