Rookie Harris to start at safety

Updated: September 7, 2009, 4:10 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles are turning to a rookie to replace Brian Dawkins.

Macho Harris took snaps with the first-team defense Monday, a strong indication he's beaten out second-year pro Quintin Demps for the starting spot at free safety.

"I had an opportunity and I didn't capitalize on it," Demps said after a closed practice. "That's competition. That's what happens."

Demps was considered the favorite for the job after Dawkins, a perennial Pro Bowl pick ...

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