The Chicago Bears have parted ways with veteran strong safety Chris Harris.
Multiple sources told the Tribune that Harris was released Thursday morning. He started in the Bears' 24-18 victory over Tampa Bay in London with Major Wright nursing a hip injury.
Harris confirmed the news via a tweet: "I was just released this morning by the Bears. Thank u for the opp to play football n do what I luv. I'm looking toward my next venture"
Harris told the Tribune he did not ask to be released.
Harris was benched after a poor performance in a Monday night loss to the Lions and was inactive for he following game against the Vikings. He then asked permission to seek a trade, and the Bears granted the request. But Harris decided to finish the season with the Bears after talking with management.
It appears the Bears could sign Tom Nelson, a Hersey graduate who played at Illinois State, to replace Harris. Nelson was one of six players and two safeties to get a tryout at Halas Hall on Wednesday. According to a source, he performed better than former Denver Broncos’ second-round draft pick Darcel McBath, who didn’t run well.