Chris Harris feels 'a lot better'

Updated: January 23, 2011, 11:52 AM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris, who's battling a sore hip pointer, had limited participation in practice Friday and is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.

"I feel a lot better than I did Wednesday or Thursday," Harris said on "The Scott Van Pelt Show" on ESPN Radio. "I was able to run around and test it out to see how I feel."

The veteran safety has vowed to play against the Packers, but he was forced to sit out Wednesday and Thursday.

"We'll see, I think I'll be fine, I'm hoping to be fine," Harris told reporters. "I was able to get a little work in here today indoors, so we'll definitely see before the game.

"You got to be smart, you definitely have to be smart about it. If it happens to bother me to a significant extent, then absolutely, I'd come out of the game. I wouldn't play tough guy for my own gratification to say I played in the NFC Championship Game."

If Harris is unable to start or play significant minutes Sunday, the Bears are expected to lean on rookie Major Wright, who spent a good portion of the season rotating in at the safety position.

"Major is a good young talent, and he's going to be very good in years to come," Harris said. "I just try to help him in every way I can. He'll definitely be ready to play."

Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) also returned to action Friday and participated in the special-teams portion of practice. The Packers have been hit hard by injuries all season, but their situation going into the game is relatively stable.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000 Information from The Associated Press was used in this report..

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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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