Tommie Harris was decked out in sweatpants and a sweatshirt as practice was getting started this morning in the Walter Payton Center.
The veteran defensive tackle has missed the last two days of practice with his left knee flaring up. The Bears began the Friday session with special teams work, so it’s still possible Harris does some work today if he changes into his gear, but he didn’t have his helmet nearby. The media is only allowed to watch a brief stretching period in the beginning of practice.
Harris had taken off Wednesday practices earlier this season but missed on a Thursday yesterday for the first time. Harris underwent arthroscopic surgery on the left knee during the offseason and did very little work in training camp although the camp session began with coach Lovie Smith announcing Harris was 100 percent.
Harris missed one game in 2008 because of the knee and another game when he was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. The Bears paid Harris a $6.67 million roster bonus in March believing he would return to top form.
Smith has said in the past that players can play on Sundays even if they have missed an entire week of practice. Again, it’s unknown yet if Harris will do any work on the field today. We’ll wait to see what the coach and the player have to say after practice this afternoon.