Hell have all offseason to get over coach Lovie Smith reported as a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. But Brian Urlacher is someone whose pain was immediately shared on Sunday.
Urlacher suffered the knee injury going up with safety Major Wright and cornerback D.J. Moore to break up a pass in the Bears end zone. He did but had his left leg awkwardly splayed outward as he came down and spent quite some anxious minutes on the ground in obvious pain.
I went up after the ball and landed on top of him, Moore said. After that Im not too sure what happened.
What definitely happened was one of the NFLs loudest venues going near-silent as Urlacher lay on the turf. You could have heard a in drop in the Stadium, said center Roberto Garza. Even Vikings fans were praying for Brian.
Urlacher eventually was able to stand and walk off the field, pausing long enough for high-energy fist pumps when a Minnesota field goal try was botched. Training staff members got him back walking for aid and he eventually left the field with an ice bag on his left knee, to standing ovations from the Metrodome crowd.
For coach Lovie Smith, the blow was just the latest in a season fraught with them.
I am concerned, Smith said. Whenever you dont finish the game, there is concern but hopefully he will be OK. We will do everything we can to evaluate him and hopefully we will have good news.