Chris Harris returns for night workout

Updated: August 7, 2010, 2:12 AM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Bears free safety Chris Harris returned to action Friday, when the club left its digs in Bourbonnais to conduct a night workout in front of its home crowd at Soldier Field.

Out since straining a back muscle during a walk-through last Saturday, Harris worked in his customary role as the starting free safety. Bears coach Lovie Smith said Harris performed "fairly well."

"Chris is a big part of what we do around here," Smith said. "We've been close. We know he's a good football player. We wanted to see him in some action."

Receiver Juaquin Iglesias also returned to practice. He had been out with an injured quadriceps.

In other injury-related news, running back Harvey Unga (hamstring), quarterback Mike Teel (hamstring), safety Josh Bullocks (quadriceps), tight end Kellen Davis (back), linebacker Brian Iwuh (knee), and safety Major Wright (groin) didn't participate in Friday's practice, along with tight end Brandon Manumaleuna (knee).

Smith considered the session, which drew an announced crowd of 26,371, to be productive.

"We play here at Soldier Field. It's always good to let the players come up and get a chance to play on our home turf. The fans were great tonight. Hopefully they'll be proud of the football team we're gonna put out there this year. Tonight is always a big night for us. It's about a week into camp, a break from the routine down there. It's different when you come under the lights here and you play on your home turf. We have most of our situations in. From here, we should just see daily improvement."

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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