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Bears’ Harris May Be Out for Season

December 7, 2006

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) _ Defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who made the Pro Bowl a year ago in his second season, could miss the remainder of the Chicago Bears’ season with a severe hamstring injury.

Harris left Sunday’s game against Minnesota in the third quarter with what was originally announced as a sprained left knee. On Monday, coach Lovie Smith said the injury was not season-ending.

But on Thursday, Smith said the hamstring injury was more severe than the knee sprain and that Harris was slated to go to Dallas to see a specialist. He added that Harris could miss the remaining four games and perhaps even the playoffs.

The Bears (10-2) clinched the NFC North on Sunday.

Losing Harris would be a major blow because of his quickness and strength. The Bears’ first-round draft pick in 2004 has five sacks this season and 11 1/2 in his short career.

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