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Smith Endures Countless Questions About Urlacher’s Back

As the Bears enter the bye at 3-5, the talk around Bears headquarters Monday had to do with the back of star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.  Coach Lovie Smith said during his session with the media that the LB’s back is just something he is going to have to deal with in 2007.  “First off, what is his injury? He has pain in his back,” Smith said as the Bears – struggling along at 3-5 – began their bye week. “I have it, most players playing in the National Football League have some form of pain that they deal with. We would never let Brian play when he was injured. That’s not the case. To me, the injury that we’re talking about isn’t anything to really talk anymore about except for, yes, he has some pain in his back, and we go from there.”

The injury was first talked about Sunday as Urlacher gave an interview to  He said that the back pain is from arthritis, and that he underwent an MRI in Pittsburgh last week.  Smith was none too happy when he was asked numerous times about the back and what the team may do about it.  “He won’t be in a wheelchair tomorrow or anything like that,” Smith said. “I mean, Brian has pain. Most guys have some form of pain that they’re dealing with. I’m just not talking about our team – I’m talking about all the players in the National Football League. It’s a tough sport.”    

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