Bears expect to have Chris Harris for NFC title game

Chris Harris suffered a left hip pointer but the Chicago Bears expect to have the veteran safety back in place for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field against the Green Bay Packers.

Harris was injured in the first quarter of the divisional round victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday on a play in which he tried to tackle running back Marshawn Lynch. Harris remained in the game for the next few series before deciding he didn’t want to be a liability to the defense.

Afterward, Harris said he would have medical tests today, but said he believed he would be OK. A league source said Harris will be good to go, and Bears coach Lovie Smith confirmed that at his press conference at Halas Hall.

“My leg would have to be cut off for me to miss this game next week,” Harris said Sunday.

The Bears had issues at the safety position over the past few years with a high turnover rate. They traded to acquire Harris from the Carolina Panthers in April to shore things up on the back end. The Bears had drafted Harris in the sixth round in 2005 and they knew what kind of player he was. For the first time since 2001, the team had both safeties – Harris and Danieal Manning – start all 16 games, providing the kind of stability that had been lacking.

Now, Harris should be back in time against the hottest quarterback in the postseason, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers.

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