Tommie Harris not looking to be traded

The best guess is that the Chicago Bears will hang a uniform in Tommie Harris’ locker so he can play Sunday night against the New York Giants.

Coach Lovie Smith has been building the three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle back up this week after his very public benching last Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.

“I wasn't frustrated that I didn't play; it's just that it's 'Monday Night Football,' you know," Harris said. "It was very disturbing when I found out the news, but what can you do? You have great vets — Lance (Briggs), (Brian) Urlacher — guys talked to me and just told me to be ready when it is my time again."

Asked if he wants to be traded, Harris said no.

“I love Chicago. I love my team,” he said. “I love my teammates and I play hard for this city. I play hard for my players. That is what I do every time I am out there."

The fact is by benching Harris and saying that it was done because of production issues, the Bears have ruined what little trade value a player with an arthritic knee condition could have.

This is the third time in as many years Smith has put Harris on the sideline. After a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team in 2008, Harris came back and had five sacks in the next six games. After he was benched last season for one game, he had nine tackles and one sack in the next two full games he played.

Can the Bears get a revitalized Harris this time? We’ll see. It seems doubtful given the fact that he played so poorly that he was benched to start. Stay tuned.

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