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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris denied looking for a trade while sources indicated he will dress this coming Sunday in the aftermath of being inactive Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.
"No, I don't want to be traded," Harris said Thursday. "I love Chicago, man. I love my team and my teammates. I play hard for this city. I play hard for my [teammates]. That's what I do every time I'm out there."Harris is expected to be active when the Bears travel to New York to face the Giants Sunday night, according to multiple NFL sources.
Harris was a healthy scratch in Week 3 against Green Bay, a decision Bears head coach Lovie Smith attributed to performance. The former Pro Bowler had only one tackle in the Bears' first two games.
"I think I did all right, but I didn't do Tommie Harris good, [or reach] my standards I feel like I'm used to, at a Pro Bowl level," Harris said. "But it will get to that."
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said playing time has to be earned.
"We feel that Tommie can still play at a high level," Angelo said on the team's website. "We felt his play at this point didn't warrant us from looking at other players, in particular Marcus Harrison, who we also want to continue to see and develop.
"Play time is very important to players, and they have to understand that play time is not a given. It's got to be earned, and that's based on performance. That's the bottom line with all players. If it isn't, there is no accountability."
Harris declined to speak with the media on Monday night or Wednesday, but calmly discussed the matter with reporters walking off the practice field Thursday. Harris, however, grew slightly agitated when asked if the Bears were trying to motivate him.
"I don't need motivation," Harris said. "I'm a grown man. I don't need to be [sat down] to be motivated. So I just come to work and that's what I do. I'll be ready when my number is called. It's not disappointing. It's how you come back from it. That's all that matters, I'm used to it.
"I wasn't frustrated that I didn't play -- it's just that it's Monday Night Football. It was very disturbing when I found out the news, but what can you do? You have great veterans -- Lance [Briggs], [Brian] Urlacher -- guys talked to me and told me to be ready when it's my time."
"It's a business, you go roll with the punches," Harris said.Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.