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From the looks of things, Tommie Harris is missing practice again

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Tommie Harris was decked out in sweatpants and a sweatshirt as practice was getting started this morning in the Walter Payton Center.

The veteran defensive tackle has missed the last two days of practice with his left knee flaring up. The Bears began the Friday session with special teams work, so it's still possible Harris does some work today if he changes into his gear, but he didn't have his helmet nearby. The media is only allowed to watch a brief stretching period in the beginning of practice.

Harris had taken off Wednesday practices earlier this season but missed on a Thursday yesterday for the first time. Harris underwent arthroscopic surgery on the left knee during the offseason and did very little work in training camp although the camp session began with coach Lovie Smith announcing Harris was 100 percent.

Harris missed one game in 2008 because of the knee and another game when he was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. The Bears paid Harris a $6.67 million roster bonus in March believing he would return to top form.

Smith has said in the past that players can play on Sundays even if they have missed an entire week of practice. Again, it's unknown yet if Harris will do any work on the field today. We'll wait to see what the coach and the player have to say after practice this afternoon.

Stay tuned.

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Who is taking the vacant roster spot left by Pisa? Did Gaines take it or did they release someone else?

I hope Benson gets hit by the combo of Briggs and Afalava with the same result of his rookie year when he was smashed in practce by Brown and Urlacher. Benson SUCKS and is a huge P@@#Y.


But is practice missing him? From the looks of this season, I would guess not. The only thing left to do is cut him so he can sign with the Bengals.

"The Bears paid Harris a $6.67 million roster bonus in March believing he would return to top form."

Oh man, if they really believed that, I've got an oceanfront property in Kansas I'd like to sell them. What, Kansas isn't bordered by any ocean? Shh, don't tell Lovie.

Tomk, I'm not really worried about Benson. You've got to figure that he was unpopular in the locker room for a reason. Then he was dumb enough to generate some bulletin board stuff this week. He will be lucky to finish the game.

I doubt I'm alone in my frustration about not really knowing the story on Harris' knee. Brad, you do a pretty good job of writing a factual account that let's your readers know that there is probably information that the team is not releasing. In some ways, it's probably good that Lovie can and will play like Belechik with the media if the need arises. It's still extremely frustrating.

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