Bears DT Harris undergoes hamstring surgery, placed on IR

Dec 13, 2006 - 1:06 AM LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Ticker) - The Chicago Bears are headed to the playoffs. But Tommie Harris will not be joining in on the fun.

The Bears announced that they have placed Harris, their run-stuffing defensive tackle, on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season.

Harris underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn hamstring, an injury he suffered in a win against Minnesota on December 3. He finished his third NFL season with 48 tackles and a career-high five sacks.

The 23-year-old Harris, a first-round pick in 2004, is expected to make a full recovery for the 2007 season.

It is the second major injury for the Bears (11-2), who lost safety Mike Brown to a season-ending right foot injury in October. Chicago already has clinched the NFC North and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The Bears claimed safety Nick Turnbull off waivers from Atlanta to fill the roster spot. He spent 10 weeks on the Falcons' practice squad earlier this season and appeared in two games with the team.

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