Ex-Bear Harrison fails physical with Panthers
By Brad Biggs, Tribune reporter
5:38 p.m. CDT, September 5, 2011
Marcus Harrison could not pass his physical at the start of training camp for the Chicago Bears because he was out of shape.
Harrison's fresh start elsewhere was derailed Monday when the Carolina Panthers rejected him after he failed their physical because of a questionable knee.
The Panthers had placed a waiver claim for Harrison after he was let go in final cuts on Saturday. But a knee that was an issue before the Bears drafted him in the third round in 2008 from Arkansas didn't pass the test of Carolina's doctors and medical personnel.
It's possible Harrison will find a team that will pass him. The Cleveland Browns also put in a waiver claim for Harrison, but the Panthers sit atop the waiver wire because of their finish from last season.
Harrison could potentially come back to the Bears and maintain that he was injured when they released him. Harrison passed a physical to begin training camp after five days, and teams cannot just dump players who are injured.
But it's important to note that the 32 NFL teams will view medical situations differently.
A fresh start for Marcus Harrison with the Carolina Panthers won’t materialize. The Panthers claimed him off waivers from the Chicago Bears, but Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reported via Twitter that Harrison failed his physical.
An NFL source says the Panthers rejected Harrison because of a knee issue. He failed his physical and missed the first five practices in training camp with the Bears because he was out of shape. Harrison, a third-round pick in 2008, now has to wonder where he will land. The Cleveland Browns also placed a claim for Harrison.
Harrison had knee issues when he came out of school at Arkansas. Just because he failed the Panthers’ physical doesn’t mean there isn’t a team out there that will not pass him. Harrison could consider pursuing the Bears for cutting him while he was injured, but he didn’t miss much in the way of practice once he got into shape.