Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris stood on the sidelines as his teammates started practice Friday morning, and it appears likely that he’ll miss Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Harris was wearing sweats and didn’t have his helmet nearby when practice began. Harris also missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday because his left knee — which was operated on during the off-season — was acting up.
The Bears went into the season thinking Harris would be ready to go this year, which is why they paid him a $6.67 million roster bonus in March. Harris has started all five games so far this season, but that streak may come to an end on Sunday.
If Harris can’t go, it would be good news for the Bengals and especially for running back Cedric Benson, who could have a big game against his former team if they’re missing their best defensive tackle.