Bears LB Urlacher has knee surgery

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears say Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and still hopes to be ready for the season opener.

The Bears say Urlacher underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on Tuesday to help relieve swelling in the knee. He missed the offseason training program after spraining the medial collateral ligament and partially spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in the final game last year against Minnesota.

Urlacher was ready for the start of training camp but has not practiced since July 31. Even so, he said Sunday that he expects to be ready for the opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 9.