The message from Lovie Smith should be coming in loud and clear. You produce, you play. You don't, you sit and watch. With one tackle in 2010 and that fumble recovery against the Lions defensive lineman Tommie Harris isn't exactly living up to his $40 million, 4-year contract.
The Bears benched Harris during their 20-17 win over the Packers on Monday Night Football, his second benching in two seasons.
"If starters aren't performing, the next guy gets in," Smith said. "Guys know it. And accept it".Harris now reportedly wants out of Chicago. According to ChicagoNow, Harris told his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, that he doesn't feel appreciated or respected by the Bears.
The Bears will be paying close attention to their one-time Pro Bowl caliber tackle during practice this week. Coaches have to hope they can figure out what's been missing, from his game.
Still, the Bears are committed to Harris.
Smith says "Maybe taking a week off helps. Tommie is still a big part of what we're gonna do".
So far, no public comment from @RealDeal91. (Tommie's Twitter handle)
The next move is Tommie Harris's. Are you listening?
The undefeated Bears next play the Giants on NBC's Sunday Night Football.
Published at 8:16 PM CDT on Sep 29, 2010