Report: Brian Urlacher had experimental knee treatment in Europe

Urlacher is hoping to be ready for Week 1. (US PRESSWIRE)

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has yet to play in a preseason game, and save a few practices early in training camp, he hasn't been able to workout with his team either. Last week, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery though he denied having multiple procedures. Either way, the plan is to be ready for the regular-season opener.

Now according to a Chicago Tribune report Urlacher traveled to Europe earlier this offseason for a "non-invasive treatment" on his left knee. One source told the Tribune that Urlacher paid for the procedure while another source indicated that Urlacher met with “that famous doctor everybody goes to.”

That would be German based doctor Peter Wehling, who had previously used Regenokine injection therapy for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Laker guard Kobe Bryant.

The Bears had no comment on the report and neither did Urlacher but the treatment, which hasn't been approved by the FDA, is based on using a patient's own blood to "relieve pain and improve joint function." It's explained thusly in this handy Tribune graphic:

"The Regenokine Treatment Program uses the body's proteins and anti-inflammatory abilities to help affected joints. The treatment was developed by Peter Wehling, a German doctor, and has been practiced in California for two years but has not been approved nationally (by the FDA)."

As PFT's Darin Gantt points out, Urlacher is well within his rights to pursue alternative treatments in an effort to get healthy. For now, though, all he can do is wait.

"September 9th I'll be ready to play," Urlacher said earlier this month. "I'm pretty sure. That's really all that matters to me. Preseason games and all these practices, I'd love to be out there, but I'm not going to put myself in jeopardy and miss the first game."

The Bears face the Colts and Andrew Luck in Week 1.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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