Brian Urlacher sits out Bears practice

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears returned to practice Friday for the club's 8th Family Fest at Soldier Field in front of 27,352 fans, but linebacker Brian Urlacher missed his third consecutive day of work to rest a sore knee.

"We have a couple of guys that we're still holding out," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Brian's knee is still a little bit sore with a couple of other guys, but they should be good to go next week."

Although Urlacher donned full gear for the practice session on Friday, he didn't participate in any drills. The day before, Urlacher worked during individual drills, before icing his sore left knee for the remainder of practice.

Devin Hester, meanwhile, returned to the team after receiving an excused absence the day before to attend to undisclosed personal matters.

Urlacher sprained the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee during a collision with safety Major Wright in the 2011 season finale at Minnesota. Urlacher's injury didn't require surgery, only rest.

As a precautionary measure, the team held out Urlacher during offseason workouts, including organized team activities and minicamps.

Despite three days of relative inactivity for Urlacher, it's not believed that he's suffered any type of setback.

In Urlacher's absence, starting strong side linebacker Nick Roach worked at middle linebacker, while Blake Costanzo took early repetitions with the starters on the strong side.