Chris Harris misses another practice

Updated: January 20, 2011, 4:26 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris missed his second consecutive practice Thursday with a hip pointer, but the team remains optimistic the veteran will return in time for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers.

Wide receiver Earl Bennett and cornerback Zack Bowman returned Thursday after missing workouts the day before for non-injury reasons.

Harris stretched with the team during the portion of the session open to the media, but didn't take his helmet out on the field.

Harris insisted on Wednesday he will be available for the matchup against the Packers, saying "I can't see myself missing this game. I can't see myself not out there."

Harris suffered the injury in the first half of the team's 35-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs. Rookie Major Wright replaced Harris after the injury, and the Bears also rotated in veteran Josh Bullocks.

If Harris' injury isn't sufficiently healed by the gametime Sunday, it's likely the Bears would move Wright into his place in the starting lineup. But at this point, the team remains optimistic it will have Harris in the lineup.

The Bears also held out linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee), who is expected to play against the Packers.

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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