We will see if Bears coach Lovie Smith moves to take some of the guesswork out of the Tommie Harris' situation when his press conference begins in a little less than 90 minutes.
Know this: There's been considerable guesswork with members of the organization, Harris included, saying completely different stories about him missing Sunday's 45-10 loss at Cincinnati.
The belief is that Harris was inactive for the game--and three practices last week--because the Bears made an organizational decision to rest Harris. He had been experiencing pain in his left knee, as Smith said repeatedly last week. He did receive extra treatments on the knee as a team source said. Finally, he has not been playing up to the expectations the team holds for him, so combining all three factors, a decision was made to sit him out of the game vs. the Bengals.
Harris told the Sun-Times after the game Sunday that he did not sit out because of pain in the knee, and pointed out that he worked out on the Pal Brown Stadium turf prior to kickoff.
The hope is that with the time off Harris will return rejuvenated and ready to make a major impact in the middle of the Bears' defense starting Sunday vs. Cleveland. Of course, everything would have been a lot easier had the Bears simply said the plan was to rest Harris last week. We'll see what Smith offers after we gauge reaction in the locker room.
Harris has shown "flashes" as general manager Jerry Angelo has said. What the team is hoping to see is a more consistent effort.
Stay tuned. I'll Twitter some updates from the press conference @BradBiggs.