Look for Matt Toeaina to start again at defensive tackle, ahead of three-time Pro Bowl selection Tommie Harris.
But, Harris appears set to at least be a part of the rotation Sunday night against the New York Giants.
Lovie Smith has been as diplomatic as possible. But the reality is, with his decision to deactivate Harris, the Bears coach definitely sent a message to Harris and all of his players.
Don't play up to expectations, and the guy behind you will get a chance to shine.
But, Harris has seemingly handled all of this well. But will it matter on Sunday, when he steps onto the field?
Will Harris, who had just one tackle in the first two games, make the sort of plays that made him one of the league's elite interior linemen?
At the end of the day, the Bears are hoping that the deactivation -- for a Monday night game, no less -- will inspire Harris. They need him, because solid defensive tackles are rare and hard to find.