Chris Harris Resumes Practice: Likely to Play vs. the Packers

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Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bears free safety Chris Harris resumed practice on Friday but appeared limited, as he recovers from a hip pointer suffered early in the Bears' victory over the Seahawks last Sunday.

Fans on Harris' twitter page(LINK) told the safety they were starting to hit the panic button after he missed practice on Thursday afternoon. "No need!" Harris responded.

Harris jokingly said earlier in the week that his leg would have to be cut off in order for him to miss this game.

"He's making progress. There's no reason to really think that he can't and won't be able to perform the same way he normally does," head coach Lovie Smith said.

Harris was asked about his progress today and told fans, "Its feeling a lot better. Treatment around the clock."

Given Harris' history of taking a strong stance on player safety, one would have to assume he's conscious of his own limits. A player like Harris is not likely to put himself at any unnecessary risk.

"I'll say it's probably safe to say he'll play," Smith said. "We won't play a player unless we feel like he can be effective. I don't think any of our players would put themselves out there knowing that they can't do their job and that will definitely be the case with Chris."

If Harris cannot go for some reason on Sunday, rookie Major Wright, who has seen some considerable playing time this season, would get the nod.

Either way, the Bears will need solid safety play vs. a Packers team who was top-five in the league in plays of 40 yards or more during the regular season.

It's safe to say Harris will be listed as questionable on Friday night's injury report. Barring any setbacks between now and then, my guess is Harris will start.

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