Safeties Chris Harris(hamstring) and Major Wright(head/neck), along with running back Marion Barber(calf), had full participation in practice today at Halas Hall. The fact that they're practicing fully this early in the week is a great sign, and if they can do the same over the next two days, they should all be good to go on Sunday against the Panthers.
The Bears greatly need Harris and Wright back. If Harris played against the Saints and Packers, I don't think a few of those big pass plays happen, so he'll certainly be a major boost to the defense. As for Wright, my guess is that Brandon Meriweather is taking his job as a starting safety, but Wright at least provides depth(which will be nice after seeing how badly Craig Steltz played against the Packers), and the second-year player should certainly get much better.
Barber has yet to play in a game since signing as a free agent this past offseason. He's a terrific goal line and short yardage back. However, with how bad the Bears' run-blocking has been, it's hard to say how big of a factor he'll be in the offense. It's hard to do much as a running back when there's no space to run.
As for the rest of the Bears' injuries to monitor:
- Tight end Matt Spaeth did not practice due to a calf injury. The severity of the injury is unknown, but I hadn't heard of an injury with him until today.
- Wide receiver Earl Bennett and tackle Gabe Carimi missed practice, but they were expected to be out for a while.
- Long snapper Patrick Mannelly was limited in practice with a hip injury.
For the Panthers, cornerback Chris Gamble missed practice today after leaving Sunday's game against the Jaguars due to a concussion. Also absent from practice was right tackle Jeff Otah(back).
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