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(CBS) Chris Harris’ time with the Bears has come to an end, and he is calling it “one of the lowest points” in his career.
Harris has confirmed that was told by Coach Lovie Smith Thursday morning that he was being released, after he started in the Bears’ 24-18 victory over Tampa Bay in London with Major Wright nursing a hip injury.
LISTEN: Harris talks with WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss
After he was benched for a poor performance in a Monday night loss to the Lions, Harris was inactive for the following game against the Vikings.
Harris told WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss that Coach Smith was straightforward in breaking the news.
“He told me they were going to go with the other safeties; the younger safeties; they were moving in that direction, so he told me I was being released,” Harris said. “It really didn’t come as a shock to me. I prepared myself for every possible situation.”
Harris said the news was a hard blow.
“I’m going to say this is as low as it gets. It’s one of the lowest points in my career,” he said. “But I look at everything – I’m smiling at the opportunities,” Harris said. “I hope to get a chance to go to another team, hopefully.”
Harris would not comment on what was missing from his own performance in the game.
“I don’t ask any questions. It was what it was. It is what it is,” he said. “I just roll with it.”
Shortly before the trade deadline, Harris had requested to be traded from the Bears, but was ultimately still on the roster after the deadline had passed.
Harris confirmed the report via Twitter.