Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris had a few unpleasant words for members of the media Thursday.
Harris, responding to a column in the Sun-Times this week, said the media was fueling the fire by trying to insinuate that there was dissension in the Bears’ locker room between players and coaches.
“Dude, I don’t care if you talk about my play,” Harris said. “Don’t put words in my mouth. That’s all I’m trying to say here.”
Harris thinks the negativity is limited to the media and he doesn’t blame the fans.
“I found out another thing, you think a lot of fans are saying a lot of negative stuff but really it’s the media that keeps us going,” Harris said.
Harris promised a big game from himself and his teammates this week at Green Bay.
Baldwin up, Manning back, Holt out: Possibly a sign that the Bears are looking to shore up their pass rush, the Bears activated defensive end Ervin Baldwin from the practice squad this week. Baldwin, a seventh-round pick from Michigan State did not play much during the preseason except for mop-up duty. Perhaps he could take the spot of Mark Anderson, who hasn’t done anything for the Bears this year and has looked bad while in the game.
Danieal Manning returned to the practice field healthy this week and was not listed on the injury report either Wednesday or Thursday. His return prompted the Bears to release Terrence Holt, whom the Bears signed three weeks ago.
Packers minus Favre: Speaking of the Packers, it’ll be a new feeling this week when the Bears travel to Lambeau and won’t be chasing Brett Favre around the field.
The Packers great was traded to the Jets this off-season and the Bears will be facing a different Green Bay quarterback for the first time since 1991.
Getting to the quarterback won’t be easy, though, as Aaron Rodgers — although sacked the 8th most in the league this year — is elusive enough to give the Bears’ poor pass rush fits.
Lloyd wants to play Sunday: Bears wide receiver Brandon Lloyd — remember him? — is hoping to play Sunday for the first time since Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Lloyd possibly could have played this past week against the Titans, but the coaching staff held him out because Lloyd said he didn’t want to play if he wasn’t 100%.
“We can’t wait to get Brandon back out there,” Lovie Smith said. “Brandon is making a lot of progress. He was close last week, so hopefully he’ll be ready to go this week.”
Orton practices: Kyle Orton participated in practice on a limited basis for the second straight day, and while he’s not a lock to be available Sunday against the Packers, he’s making progress and could very well play in this important divisional game.
“It’s just kind of going to be up in the air all week and we’ll find out on Sunday,” Orton said. “I’ve had a lot of time to throw with our receivers and they do a great job of getting to the right spot. I’ve just got to hit them.”
Injury update: Other “walking wounded” Bears listed on Thursday’s injury report were Hunter Hillenmeyer (Thumb) and Charles Tillman (Shoulder), who were limited in practice, and Fred Miller (Shoulder) who did not participate at all.