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Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning but still hopes to be ready for the season opener.
The Bears said that Urlacher had an arthroscopic debridement procedure to help relieve swelling in the knee and was back at training camp by 10 a.m. 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 camp, but has not practiced since July 31 and was away from the team recently for what were described as personal reasons. Even so, he said that he expects to be ready for the opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 9.
Urlacher acknowledged that the knee could be an issue all season, though, adding, ‘‘I don’t see it getting any better during the season. We have to manage it, my reps in practice, and then get through Sunday.’’
Giants take hits
The interior of the Giants’ defensive line is facing questions after veteran Shaun Rogers was lost for the season with a blood clot in his left calf and two other tackles were diagnosed with back problems, including one that will require season-ending surgery.
Coach Tom Coughlin announced that Rogers’s treatment for the blood clot would prevent him from playing for the Super Bowl champions this season. His calf swelled after the Giants’ preseason opener against Jacksonville, but fellow tackle Linval Joseph said Rogers also was leg-whipped in practice last week.
Marvin Austin, the team’s No. 2 draft pick in 2011, also was being seen by doctors in New York after his back acted up Monday night, a problem some players blamed on bad mattresses at training camp at the University at Albany. Coughlin added free agent Marvin Parker needs surgery to repair a herniated disc that he injured during the game Friday.
‘‘I thought we were as deep [at defensive tackle] as we were at any position on the team,’’ Coughlin said, ‘‘and it’s not that way right now.’’
Benson, Goodell meet
Saints owner Tom Benson met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York to discuss matters concerning both the team and the league. Although the NFL and the Saints are providing very few details, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said the meeting was productive and that Benson looks forward to many more discussions with the commissioner. The meeting comes amid the backdrop of lawsuits filed by current and former Saints players who’ve challenged the findings of the NFL’s bounty investigation. Benson also has hired the firm of former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate the accuracy of the league’s bounty probe. Goodell has used the NFL’s findings as the basis for season-long suspensions of Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive captain Jonathan Vilma . . . Jimmy Carr, who won an NFL championship in 1960 with the Philadelphia Eagles and was a defensive assistant coach on the Patriots’ 1985 AFC championship team in 1985, died in Indiana. He was 79. Carr, the the starting left cornerback on the 1960 title team, played nine NFL seasons with the Chicago Cardinals, Eagles, and Washington Redskins.
Asomugha is OK
Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has whiplash-type symptoms, according to coach Andy Reid, but no concussion after a mid-air collision Monday. Asomugha skipped Philadelphia’s Tuesday walkthrough after the collision with safety Nate Allen left him motionless on the turf for several minutes. A day later, he had a laceration on his lip and a sore neck. ‘‘He’s been tested,’’ Reid said. ‘‘Everything’s OK there. He wasn’t knocked out. That’s not what happened when he was hit. He was completely conscious the whole time.’’ . . . Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, sidelined since he sustained a concussion Aug. 3, has no timetable for a return. Coach Mike McCarthy said Jennings continues to be tested in accordance with the NFL’s protocols for returning from a concussion, but needs more time to recover . . . Broncos right guard Chris Kuper broke his left forearm at practice and could miss up to six weeks . . . Redskins reserve defensive tackle Chris Neild is out for the season after suffering a torn left ACL during practice Monday. He played in all 16 games last season . . . The Browns signed defensive lineman Ronnie Cameron, who was cut by the Bears Saturday.