Bears defensive tackle Marcus Harrison said that if Tommie Harris was upset about being inactive for Monday night's game against the Packers, he didn't show it, even around teammates. In fact, Harris was into the game, helping Harrison and the other defensive linemen where he could.
''He's been fine,'' Harrison said. ''If something is bothering him, he hasn't showed it around here. He's just been a team player. Even though he's out, he's still in the game.
''He was helping all of us out. He gave me a lot of tips and stuff to pay attention to on the sideline, which helped me out a lot. Like 'Look at the tackle when you get in your stance,' who's going to block you. What's going on. When I started off, I hadn't been out there in a while, so on pass rush, you just start going to edge instead of going down the middle, which is what he was saying. You've got to love a guy like that. ''
Harrison was just as stunned as everybody else when he heard that Harris would be inactive against the Packers.
''It was a surprise to all of us,'' said Harrison, who had been given a similar ''message'' when he was inactive for the first two games of the season, ''especially a guy like that on the d-line who's one of our leaders.
''I don't know exactly what is going on or what happened. I just know my number got called. So I had to prepare myself to get out there and perform.''
Harrison had one tackle in the Bears' 20-17 victory over the Packers at Soldier Field, stopping running back John Kuhn for a two-yard gain in the third quarter on the Packers' drive that ended with Julius Peppers' blocked field goal.
''I think I did pretty well,'' said the 6-3, 312-pound Harrison, a third-year man out of Arkansas and Little Rock Mills High School who started nine games last season. ''There were a lot of things I left on the field, especially in pass rush.''