Idle Urlacher expected to be ready by training camp

The opened their offeason mini-camp Tuesday at Halas Hall without Brian Urlacher, who still is recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of the 2011 season finale against the Vikings.

Urlacher suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament and partially sprained posterior cruciate ligament in the victory over the Vikings at the Metrodome. At the time it was reported he would require 10 weeks of rehabilitation without surgery. He attended Tuesday's practice but did not participate. But coach Lovie Smith said the 34-year-old Urlacher will be ''good to go'' for training camp, which begins July 26 in Bourbonnais.

''It's not a lot to explain. He's not ready to go yet,'' Smith said after Tuesday's practice. ''He's on pace. Our plan was to take it slow with him.

''We know what Brian can do. It's not like he's going to tell us an awful lot out here. He's right on pace [and] he should be able to get a good rest of his offseason in and be good to go for training camp.''

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