Bears' Major Wright returns to practice

When training camp began, we suggested the Chicago Bears’ ideal defensive arrangement would include Chris Harris and Major Wright as their starting safeties. (Actually, Dave Duerson and Gary Fencik might have been a better idea, but it’s too late for that now.)

Anyway, the Bears took a step closer to the former eventuality Wednesday. Wright, who had surgery three weeks ago to repair a fractured finger, was cleared to participate fully in practice. He has no restrictions, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, making his anticipated ascent into the starting lineup a football decision rather than one based on health. The Bears targeted Harris as their top draft choice in April and were happy with his training camp performance, so it's not hard to guess what they would like to do here.

Getting Wright into the starting lineup would allow Harris to shift to strong safety, where he is better suited at this point in his career. We’ll keep you updated. If Wright is not ready to start Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the Bears probably will pair Danieal Manning with Harris.