Brian Urlacher says run-ins with teammates are part of football
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 20, 2012 9:12PM
Brian Urlacher said his left knee is fine He’s concerning himself with conditioning and play recognition. | Nam Y. Huh~AP
Updated: October 22, 2012 6:31AM
If there was supposed to be some locker-room mutiny against Jay Cutler, Brian Urlacher didn’t get the invitation. It would have been crumpled up and thrown in a corner anyway.
Urlacher met with the media Thursday, and he discussed Cutler and the fallout from the quarterback’s bump-and-run of left tackle J’Marcus Webb.
“Everyone was asking me about it, but I still haven’t seen what happened and I don’t really care what happened,’’ Urlacher said. “Whatever happened, it’s over with now. We moved on.
“Someone told me there was a mutiny against Jay in our locker room. If there was, I didn’t know about it. I guess we’re supposed to be mad at him, but things happen on the sideline. I’ve gotten into spats with coaches, players, as well. It’s just what happens in the NFL. People get pissed off and sometimes do things we shouldn’t do, but it happened.’’
Urlacher said the key is turning the page, which never has been a problem with the Bears’ core veterans.
“It’s just like a fight in practice. It’s in practice, who cares?’’ Urlacher said. “You guys probably see us fight in training camp every year. So what? After the practice is over, you are in the locker room and you’re buddies again. It’s not a big deal.
“We spend a lot of time around each other, so we better get rid of it real quick. It’s going to be a long season if we don’t.’’
Urlacher has his own problems. Though he played the entire game against the Packers with no setbacks to the left knee that was scoped during training camp, he looked slow and tentative.
“Just keep in mind where he’s come [from],’’ coach Lovie Smith said. “We didn’t expect him to be Hall of Fame form right away, but he did some good things in that game also.’’
Urlacher deflected any questions about the knee, insisting, “My knee is fine.’’
He said conditioning and play recognition is what he needs to build on.
“The more I’m out there, the better I’m going to get,’’ said Urlacher, who was held out of practice Thursday. “I didn’t have training camp, as you all well know. The more I get out there, the more I practice, the better off I’ll be, just seeing things and kind of getting back into it. I expect to get better every week.’’