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A timely wake-up call

CHICAGO -- NyQuil pitchman/Bears coach Lovie Smith said the dramatic benching of safeties Chris “Hitman” Harris and Brandon “Illegal Hitman” Meriweather wasn’t meant as a pan-banging alarm clock to his slumbering defense.

Smith, of course, won’t admit to some injury list gamesmanship with Julius Peppers going from doubtful with a sprained MCL to very, very active Sunday night.

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