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Harris a big hit in starting safety role

Chris Harris hopes he's silenced critics with his strong play. Matthew Emmons/US Presswire

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Many figured veteran Chris Harris would be the odd man out when the Bears ultimately decided to make rookie Major Wright the full-time starting free safety.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans.

Now that Wright has suffered yet another injury -- his third since joining the Bears -- Harris' stock has risen considerably after the first two weeks. The veteran delivered a few big hits in the win over Dallas, and in general, has performed well in the early part of the season.

After a shaky preseason, Harris hopes to have answered questions regarding his ability to effectively man the free safety position.

"The plan [before Wright got hurt] was to rotate last week and change series," Harris said. "I just wanted to, while I was out there, make plays and just do my job. I've been doing that the last two weeks, and hopefully I'll continue to do that."

In addition to Harris, strong safety Danieal Manning has been a reliable fixture in the secondary during the 2-0 start. What was once viewed as a potential weakness is turning out to be a strength. However, the entire secondary understands they will be tested when the Bears face Green Bay next Monday night.

"We love the challenge," Harris said. "They're 2-0, they played great last week versus Buffalo. We know we're going to have our hands full. They throw the ball, so we're going to have to make sure we're on our keys and doing everything we are supposed to do."