Safety Chris Harris expects to play Monday Night during primetime against the Detroit Lions. While not declaring absolutely whether or not he will play, Harris has made strides through out the week and has been limited in practice. Harris has missed the last 3 games with a hamstring injury and it's been well acknowledged by the fan base.
The Bears have had to rely on Craig Steltz and newcomer Brandon Meriweather because Major Wright has also been injured with a head injury. Even if Major Wright was healthy enough to play alongside Meriweather, Wright has played below average in his playing time this season. This allowed Drew Brees (NO), Aaron Rodgers (GB), and Cam Newton (CAR) to throw all over the Bears secondary.
While Chris Harris is in the line-up, the Bears never give up the deep ball. The defense actually prides itself in not giving up the big play. In Harris's absense, the Bears have been giving up a lot of these "big plays". Against New Orleans, Devery Henderson split Major Wright and Craig Steltz on a bomb for a 79 yard touchdown. Against Green Bay, the middle of the field was open all game long allowing TE Jermichael Finley to catch 3 touchdowns. Against Carolina, Steve Smith racked up 181 receiving yards. With Chris Harris back in the line-up, even hampered by injury, do not expect Chicago to be prone to giving up the big play. Harris's importance to this defense is paramount.
"I got a chance to practice yesterday, got a chance to get in some good work today," Harris said. "Hopefully, barring any setbacks, I'll get some great work tomorrow. The plan is to hopefully get to play on Monday."
Harris' potential return is very much needed. With Harris out of the lineup the last 3 weeks, the Bears have slipped to 31st in total defense. They have been allowing 425.8 yards per game with an average of 300 coming by way of passing.