Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher practiced for the first time in nearly a month on Friday, but entering a key game this weekend, Urlacher is still listed as doubtful. Urlacher hasn't played or practiced since suffering a Grade 2 hamstring injury in a December 2 loss to Seattle.
Here's what Bears head coach Lovie Smith told reporters on Friday, with his quote coming via ESPN Chicago:
"I was encouraged that he was finally able to get on the practice field," Smith said.
Smith later added:
"He's making the normal progress we had hoped he would make, he has made," Smith said.
It's a step in the right direction for Urlacher, but still not entirely good news for a Bears team which needs all the help it can in pursuit of a playoff berth.
As things stand, Chicago currently sits tied with Minnesota for the NFC's second wild card slot.
But because of tie-break rules, the Bears not only need to win at Detroit, but also need the Packers to beat Minnesota for Chicago to get into the playoffs.