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Tommie Harris addresses his deactivation

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Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris has apparently embraced the diplomatic approach to his deactivation Monday night.

In his first extensive comments since he was inactive, Harris told reporters after practice today that he doesn't want to be traded.

"No, I don't want to be traded. I love Chicago," he said. "I love my team. I love my teammates. And I play hard for this city."

Harris said he he "just had to do what was best for the team."

Asked if it was best he didn't play, Harris said, "You'll have to ask coach [Lovie Smith] that question."

Harris also deferred to SMith on whether he will play Sunday against the New York Giants and if he knew before Monday about his deactivation.

Yet Harris admitted that he didn't play up to his own standards in the first two games, when he tallied just one tackle and recovered a fumble.

"I did all right, but I didn't do Tommie Harris good," he said. "My standards are at a Pro Bowl level. I will get to that."

As for a report that he was seen having a heated talk with agent Drew Rosenhaus at the team hotel Monday, Harris said, "I was not frustrated that I did not play.

"It's just that it's Monday Night Football. It's very disturbing, when I found out the news.
But what can you do."

But Harris applauded teammates like Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher and others who encouraged him.

Smith, however, wasn't in any mood to talk about Harris again, after addressing addressing several questions about the veteran Wednesday.

Smith said players know the team's protocol on informing them on their status for games and that the coaches keep them in the loop.

"Everybody knows what's going on around here," Smith said.

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