Roundup: Silver lining in Bears’ 2009 LB woes?

The Chicago Bears’ linebacking corps was decimated by injuries for most of last season. Pro Bowler Brian Urlacher dislocated his wrist in Week 1, ending his season just as it began and removing the team’s defensive leader. Offseason acquisition, Pisa Tinoisamoa, came from in from St. Louis with a solid resume, but played in just two games all season due to a knee injury.

But coach Lovie Smith seems to have found a silver lining for the injuries that contributed to the Bears defense finishing 21st overall and 23rd against the run. Smith told the Daily Herald that Urlacher’s year off may end up being a good thing for the 2010 season.

“Physically, he’ll be good to go,” Smith said of Urlacher. “(The wrist injury) could have been a good thing. He had a chance to sit out. No wear and tear on his body last year. We might have stolen a year.”

The absence of Urlacher and Tinoisamoa allowed younger players like Nick Roach and Hunter Hillenmeyer to step in and play considerable minutes, giving the Bears an experienced group that also includes Pro Bowl LB Lance Briggs.

Some news making its way around the web on Sunday:

  • Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt said there are three or four DE prospects that the team considers worthy of their 16th overall pick in next week’s draft.
  • The Washington Post reports that the Redskins are using this weekend’s voluntary minicamp to take a look at receivers Jerry Porter and Marques Hagans.
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