Harris relegated to spectator again
June, 23, 2010
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- For the second consecutive week Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris was merely a spectator on the field during the open media session.
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhMike Martz talks to Matt Forte, left, and Frank Omiyale during a workout on Wednesday at Halas Hall.
Harris, who suffered a knee injury last season in Carolina, said his health is not an issue.
"I'm feeling good, feeling great, just ready to get it started come August," Harris said Wednesday. "I've been smiling ever since I got here, and it feels good to get back in this scheme because I'm very familiar with it. I think I'll bring a little leadership in the back end, you know, making sure the communication is on point as far as the secondary is concerned. I'll be that vocal guy back there in the back end."
The Bears re-acquired Harris from the Carolina Panthers in April for linebacker Jamar Williams.
"Chris Harris coming back was exactly what I remember," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "He's moved right into that role. Chris will have more of a leadership role, too. He's a vocal guy, [and it's] like having another coach on the field."
The Bears badly need Harris to provide the safety position with experience and leadership, something the group lacked last season. Craig Steltz and Josh Bullocks each spent time working at safety with Harris on the sidelines.
Smith also commented on the possibility of the NFL expanding the regular season to 18 games.
"I follow the Commissioner's lead, how is that," Smith said. "Right now, we have a good game. You look at our season right now as we go through, most teams really use three of the preseason games quite a bit. As long as we're all going by the same rules we can adjust with it. Whatever they decide is what we'll be for."