Hurt Chris Harris vows to face Pack

Updated: January 17, 2011, 4:45 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Bears safety Chris Harris vows to play in the NFC title game next Sunday against Green Bay despite injuring his hip during Sunday's 35-24 win over Seattle.

"Man, my leg would have to be cut off for me to miss this game next week," Harris said. "I'll get plenty of treatment this week and make sure I'm back and ready to go."

Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday he expects Harris to be OK.

Harris initially hurt the hip in the first quarter and tried to play through the pain, before eventually being ruled out early in the second half.

"I was just making a routine tackle on Marshawn Lynch and came up and felt something when I made the tackle," Harris said. "I didn't quite know my hip was hurting so I tried to stay in there. I stayed in there a couple more series and then realized I couldn't run full speed, so I didn't want to be a liability."

Rookie Major Wright and reserve Josh Bullocks -- along with starter Danieal Manning -- all saw time at safety in the second half. As he's done all season, Harris spent a good chunk of time attempting to coach up Wright on the Bears sideline.

"I just tried to be an extra coach out there today," Harris said. "Since I couldn't play I wanted to do something, so I was, I guess you could say, an extra set of eyes out there."

Harris is tied for the team lead with five interceptions.

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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