Back keeps Bears' Harris out again

Updated: August 2, 2010, 1:34 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris will miss a second day of practice as he recovers from a strained back.

Harris left Saturday morning's walk-through after planting his foot and straining his back. He missed the Bears' first workout in pads on Saturday night and will skip Sunday's session.

"I'm getting treatment three times a day, as much as I possibly can so I can get back on the field as quick as possible," Harris said on Sunday. "I'm still nursing this back. I wouldn't say it's a serious back injury or anything, but [I'm] just taking it slow, taking it careful. I don't want to come back too fast."

Craig Steltz took the starter's reps in place of Harris on Saturday, while rookie Major Wright and veteran Josh Bullocks spent the practice working with the second team.

Harris, who was re-acquired by Chicago from the Carolina Panthers in the offseason, is anxious to get back but doesn't believe the time away will affect his re-acclimation to the Bears.

"I won't be behind the eight ball as far as the learning curve, but I don't want to miss time," Harris said. "I actually like being out there with the guys, competing and stuff."

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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