Bears safety Harris expected to sit out pract
Bears safety Harris expected to sit out practice
January 19, 2011 9:41 AM
By Vaughn McClure
Bears safety Chris Harris, who injured his left hip in last Sunday's divisional playoff win over the Seahawks, is expected to be held out of practice Wednesday as the Bears begin preparation for the NFC title showdown with the Packers, a league source said.
Harris suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Bears' 35-24 victory at Soldier Field. It occurred after he and teammate Brian Urlacher stopped Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch for no gain. Both Harris and Urlacher were shaken up, but remained in the game at that moment.
Harris didn't return after that series, while Urlacher exited to locker room briefly but returned without missing any action.
Harris vowed to play against Packers regardless of his hip.
"My leg would have to be cut off for me to miss this game," Harris said after the Seahawks game.
But there's no guarantee Harris will be available Sunday, meaning rookie safety Major Wright has to be ready. Harris was in Wright's ear the entire second half against the Seahawks, making sure the rookie didn't miss any of his defensive assignments.
"Chris is the ultimate vet back there,'' Wright said. "I think he'll be OK. No matter what, we'll be ready to roll.''