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Posted on: October 28, 2011 5:23 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Lions claim Chris Harris off waivers

Chris Harris faced the Lions in Week 6. On Friday, he joined them. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Thursday morning, the Bears released safety Chris Harris. A day later, he's been claimed off waivers by the Lions, according to his agent Albert Elias.

Incidentally, it was Harris' performance against Detroit in Week 6 that led to his benching. After sitting out the Vikings game, he was back on the field last Sunday in London, when Chicago beat Tampa Bay.

In Detroit, Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey will remain the starting safeties, but Harris will add depth to a secondary that lost Erik Coleman to injured reserve earlier this month, and Vince Fuller met the same fate Friday afternoon.

Harris, who led the Bears with five interceptions last season, hasn't been as productive this season and that, in part, led to his release.

“It’s the body of work,” Chicago head coach Lovie Smith said, via the Chicago Sun-Times, “and just not one thing. Then it’s just a gut feeling, as a head football coach. I felt like we needed to go in a different direction. …

“We don’t all of a sudden wake up one morning and just say, ‘Hey, we’re going to go this direction.’ It’s a pattern,” Smith said, “and I feel good about the decision we had to make. It is a business and, for us, it’s about production. We felt like we had some other options that we felt pretty good about, at the safety position.”

To Harris' credit, he took it all in stride, spending much of Thursday accepting well-wishes from the Twitterverse, and even he managed to get off quite possibly the best job-related tweet ever. (Upside: at least Harris wasn't stealing boxes.)


If you don't get the reference, then shame on you -- and here's a handy video clip (naughty language alert).

By claiming Harris on waivers, the Lions assume the remaining $644,000 on his contract this year. And in case you're wondering, the Lions face the Bears on November 13. 


Tim Tebow was impressive last week in his first start which led to an overtime win. Can the Broncos repeat as they prepare to take on Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions this week? NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz preview this game.

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Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:34 am
 

Erik Coleman's Falcon tenure to end

Posted by Andy BenoitE. Coleman

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that the Atlanta Falcons plan on releasing safety Erik Coleman. This move comes as no surprise.

Coleman battled a knee injury early in the season. During his time on the shelf, ’09 second-round pick William Moore stepped in and played well enough to keep the job for the remainder of the season. Coleman became a scantly used backup during the second half of the year.

This isn’t the last you’ll hear of Coleman, though. At 28, he still has adequate range, and he’s always been one of the better openfield tackling defensive backs in the game. Coaches have also admired his veteran leadership. Best of all, he’s versatile enough to play either safety position.

The Falcons are only getting rid of him because he’s scheduled to count $3.125 million against the cap, which is too much for a backup safety. By cutting him, Atlanta is only on the hook for $625,000 (the prorated portion of his bonus money).


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Category: NFL
Posted on: October 29, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 11:06 am
 

Hot Routes 10.29.10 injured players returning

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Steven Jackson underwent finger surgery this week, but he says he is definitely going to play.


With Roberto Garza’s return to health, the Bears offensive line will once again be tweaked.


Donte’ Stallworth could return to the Ravens November 7th (as if the Ravens need another receiver). Stallworth has been out since the preseason with a foot injury.


Falcons veteran safety Erik Coleman is learning to cope as a backup.


Rex Ryan and Ray Lewis have settled any differences they may have had. They chatted at a banquet dinner on Saturday night.

Here’s one writer already making a case for John Fox to coach the Cowboys.


Here’s another saying it should be Jon Gruden.


Carson Palmer sat out practice for the Bengals on Thursday. He has a sore hip.


The sentiment around Cleveland is that the Browns need to stick with Colt McCoy at quarterback. (Oh, and that LeBron is still a jerk.)


Everyone is talking about how DE Derrick Harvey got benched in Jacksonville. Few headlines have actually mentioned who got promoted. For the record, the new starter is Jeremy Mincey.


Remember Mark Simoneau? He’s a Chief now.


With Charles Woodson and the Packers coming to town this Sunday, Rex Ryan can’t let the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year debate go.


Russ Grimm will be trying to beat his son’s team when the Bucs face the Cardinals this Sunday.

 
 
 
 
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