Harris Still Day to Day for Sunday's Game..........
Harris held out of practice
Posted: 9/29/2011 4:04:00 PM
Even though Chris Harris sat out practice Thursday after participating without restrictions Wednesday, the Bears are still hoping that he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Panthers.
With the veteran safety out of the lineup the past two games due to a hamstring injury, the defense has allowed six touchdown passes while permitting 57 points in losses to the Saints and Packers. It’s the first time the Bears have yielded at least three TD passes in back-to-back games since 2006.
“You’re always concerned when a guy misses a Thursday practice,” said coach Lovie Smith. “But we have a little bit of time still. We have other guys to play if he can’t go. But hopefully he’ll be able to.” Harris’ teammates also hope that he’ll be able to start Sunday.
“It’ll be crucial,” said linebacker Lance Briggs. “He’s a guy who helps us go. He’s a general back there. I look at him in the same respect that I looked at Mike Brown when he was here. He’s a playmaker and he’s a guy we need on the field.”
“I don’t know what his prognosis is for the game or anything like that,” said middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. “But any time you get him back there talking and communicating, just his knowledge of the game is going to help our defense. Plus he’s a physical tackler.”
Other Bears who did not practice Thursday were receiver Earl Bennett (chest), right tackle Gabe Carimi (knee), tight end Matt Spaeth (calf) and running back Kahlil Bell (back).
For the Panthers, cornerback Chris Gamble (head) did not practice for the second straight day, while tackle Jeff Otah worked out without limitations after sitting out Wednesday.