Bears release veteran S Harris

Posted Oct. 27, 2011 @ 9:47 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bears have released SS Chris Harris, the latest in a series of shakeups to their defensive backfield over the past few weeks.

Harris, who was the team's top safety last season when Chicago reached the NFC championship game, has struggled this season, in large part because of a hamstring injury. He played poorly in the team's Week Five loss to the Lions and was benched the following week against the Vikings.

After being removed from the starting lineup, Harris asked to be traded, but a deal could not be worked out with another team. The seven-year veteran then returned to the lineup last Sunday vs, the Buccaneers, registering three tackles and one pass defensed.

In his place, second-year pro Major Wright is expected to return to the Bears' lineup. He will start alongside rookie FS Chris Conte.

The news, first reported by Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, was confirmed by Harris on his Twitter account.

"This Business known as the NFL a strange one. Chicago I want to thank u for all the luv u have shown me over the yrs. u will b missed (sic)," Harris wrote. "I was just released this morning by the Bears. Thank u for the opp to play football n do what I luv. I'm looking toward my next venture."

The Bears, who have a bye in Week Eight, hosted two safeties — Darcel McBath and Tom Nelson — for tryouts on Wednesday.