Jul 26, 2012; Bourbonnais, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher during the opening day of training camp at Olivet Nazarene University. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

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Bears Injury Update: Urlacher, Podlesh, Paea Still On The Mend

The Chicago Bears continue to be without the services of linebacker Brian Urlacher, punter Adam Podlesh and defensive tackle Stephen Paea. They also waived injured linebacker Dom DeCicco, who will need surgery and won't be eligible to be re-signed by the Bears until the middle of the season.

Urlacher is the big story, as he had a knee procedure earlier this month and has an injury that makes him questionable to probable at best for the start of the regular season. Podlesh has a hip flexor on his non-punting leg and it appears he won't be ready to start the regular season, though that has not been ruled out.

Paea has a lingering sprained left ankle that has bothered him for almost two weeks, and his availability has been pushed back to the regular-season opener. Safety Chris Conte has a separated shoulder and has been ruled out of the preseason, with the hope that he will be ready for the regular season.

Stay with this StoryStream for more Bears preseason coverage, and head over to Windy City Gridiron for more news on the team. Visit SB Nation's NFL hub for even more coverage from around the league.

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Dick Butkus Talks About Brian Urlacher And Their Knee Injuries

Chicago Bears great Dick Butkus knows about the pain current Bears' middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is going through. Butkus dealt with chronic knee injuries while playing for Chicago and those injuries forced the NFL Hall of Famer to retire after just nine seasons.

Speaking with Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune, Butkus talked about his experiences dealing with his knee problems, telling Mitchell that he would fly anywhere and try anything to find a cure, just like how Urlacher traveled to Germany for an unconventional procedure,

"I would have done everything. That's why I was trying everything. I was trying acupuncture; I was flying all over the place, trying to find that magic cure. I just couldn't do it."

Doctors told Butkus that he would have to have a risky surgery called a tibial-osteotomy that while could have helped Butkus, it would have only been a temporary cure and could have prevented Butkus from living a functional life after football.

When asked what was the worst thing about his mobility taken away from him, Butkus said the mental anguish with worrying about his knee was more of a problem than the physical pain when it came to his knee problem,

"… It's not so much the pain, it's that you just feel like (the knee is) going to buckle at any time. You have to watch the way you walk. Maybe you can't run and cut as fast as you used to."

Head over to Windy City Gridiron for more Bears coverage, and check out Big Blue View for more on the Giants. Also visit SB Nation's NFL hub for more preseason news and analysis from around the league.

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