Biggs: Harris says he plans to make up for ejection

LAKE FOREST, Ill.—Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris has vowed to make it up to his teammates for being ejected from Sunday’s game on the fourth play for slugging Arizona’s Deuce Lutui in the facemask.

It sounds like a sincere apology that is heartfelt—and we don’t doubt Harris’ intentions here—but how exactly does an NFL player make up for having missed one-quarter of his team’s games already this season for his actions? Harris can’t make up for lost time, there’s no trick he can pull to suddenly appear in two of the worst losses of the Lovie Smith era. Harris was benched before a 45-10 loss at Cincinnati because of his failure to be on board with the program, and his poor play, and then he got the heave-ho from referee Ed Hochuli Sunday at the start of a 41-21 loss to the Cardinals.

“I fell like I hurt my team,’’ Harris said. “I was very embarrassed, and hopefully I’ll make up for it the next time I get out there.’’

Harris said he reached out and apologized to Lutui after the game. He refused to say what precipitated his punch, but that Lutui had gone too far. Television replays showed Lutui blocking Harris into the turf on two plays. Coach Lovie Smith said the Bears will support whatever the league decides on the matter, which will likely be a hefty fine for Harris.

In the last 20 regular-season games, Harris has now been suspended once for conduct detrimental to the team, benched once and booted once. He earned a $6.67 million roster bonus this season, and hasn’t played well when he’s been on the field sparking some to speculate that the end may be near for him here.

“Not from my viewpoint,’’ Harris said. “I continue to just be Tommie Harris, 91 for the Chicago Bears and continue to keep representing this organization. I know I didn’t do a good job last week, and I apologize for that, but I continue to carry it out in a positive manner.”

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