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Major doesn't start but finishes

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Not only did Major Wright make his debut at safety in Sunday's 19-14 win over the Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday but coaches were confident enough in the rookie to keep him on the field late in the game when the Lions were driving for a potential game-winning touchdown.
The rookie, who missed the final three preseason games after fracturing his thumb in the exhibition opener, said he did not know if or how much he would play.
"I was just told to be ready when my number was called," he said.
Nobody expected to see veteran Chris Harris on the sideline and the third-round draft pick on the field during the most crucial plays of the game, but that's what happened. Wright played the second-to-last series of the game and expected to remain on the bench for the last drive but was sent onto the field with Danieal Manning.
"The plan was to rotate the guys," coach Lovie Smith said. "We feel good about all three of our safeties. Major has a lot of learning to do."
Wright did a lot of learning in his first game, especially when it comes to what's an NFL catch and what is not.
"At the University of Florida, that's a touchdown," he said of Calvin Johnson's near-game-winning touchdown in the final seconds.

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