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Bears rookie Wright expected to start sooner rather than later

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By Dan Parr

The Bears are expected to work rookie Major Wright into the rotation at safety in the early part of the season, and a team observer said it would be no surprise if he moves into the starting lineup soon. Chicago lists Danieal Manning as the starting strong safety and Chris Harris is the top free safety, but neither player looked good in the preseason. It's likely that Manning will eventually move out of the starting lineup and Harris will shift to his natural position, strong safety, clearing a spot for Wright at free safety. One source said Wright, who missed the final three preseason games after breaking his left index finger, would have opened the season as a starter if not for the injury. The Bears are counting on Wright, a third-round pick, to bolster a secondary that looked vulnerable in the preseason, but evaluators say the hard-hitting rookie showed coverage deficiencies in college.


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