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Friday, July 31, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Bears' Harrison on NFI

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

MANKATO, Minn. -- At last! The first 2009 training camp practices are upon us in the NFC North. I'll be at Minnesota's, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET. ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson will be in Bourbonnais, Ill., where the Bears are scheduled to practice at 3 p.m.

Dickerson brings us an interesting note from Thursday's reporting day: Defensive tackle Marcus Harrison, who is a leading candidate to start alongside Tommie Harris, will be placed on the non-football injury list because he didn't make weight. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Harrison is 322 pounds, about 10 pounds over his listed playing weight.

Dickerson reports Harrison is also facing some personal issues, but coach Lovie Smith has a longstanding policy regarding weight and practice time. Harrison will have to get himself back in shape before the Bears allow him on the field. In the meantime, Anthony Adams and Dusty Dvoracek will see most of the snaps at that position.

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