Chris Harris starts vs. Packers

Updated: January 23, 2011, 11:59 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Bears safety Chris Harris started in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers despite a painful hip injury that forced the veteran to miss practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Harris was limited in practice on Friday and listed as questionable on the official injury report.

Rookie safety Major Wright took the bulk of first team reps in practice, and could see significant playing time regardless of how Harris' hip holds up once the game is under way.

"You got to be smart, you definitely have to be smart about it," Harris said Friday. "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."

Packers offensive lineman Jason Spitz (calf), who was questionable, was active. Green Bay had already ruled out linebacker Frank Zombo because of a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Bears veteran tight end Desmond Clark was active for only the sixth time this season and took the place of wide receiver Devin Aromashodu on the 45-man gameday roster.

Other Bears' inactives included: Caleb Hanie (3rd quarterback), Joshua Moore, Kahlil Bell, Herman Johnson, Edwin Williams, Marcus Harrison and Craig Steltz.

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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