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Thursday, September 30, 2010
BBAO: Tommie Harris to play this week?

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The tea leaves suggest that Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris will return to the field this week after a one-game absence, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Biggs: "From the sounds of things, Tommie Harris will be back in action Sunday night against the Giants. Lovie Smith wouldn't come out and say as much, but he dropped hints Wednesday that the defensive tackle will be back in the mix after he was benched for the third time in three seasons Monday night against the Packers."

Smith has said Harris' deactivation for Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers was based on performance, and it's hard to argue that point after looking at Harris' two-game stat line (one tackle, no sacks). But it would have been hard to believe the Bears would permanently give up on him after two games, either.

Continuing around the NFC North: