ESPN reported during its pregame show that Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris will not play against the Packers. Suzy Kolber reported that the decision to make Harris inactive was not due to injury or suspension.
One of two things can be deduced from this announcement. Either it is a disciplinary action and the Bears are choosing to phrase it as “deactivating” Harris for this game rather than “suspending” him, or it’s a dramatic move by Lovie Smith that sends a statement to Harris that his performance thus far has been sub-par and unsatisfactory.
Either way, the Bears are sending a message to Harris that he’s not being a productive member of the Chicago Bears.