CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Tommie Harris #91 of the Chicago Bears awaits the start of play against the Detroit Lions during the NFL season opening game at Soldier Field on September 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 19-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears’ defensive tackle Tommie Harris said recently that he holds no ill will toward Cowboys’ right tackle Marc Colombo, after a 2007 incident that resulted in a torn MCL for Harris, and a hefty fine for Colombo. If Colombo plays--which is a question, as he recovers from athroscopic knee surgery--Sunday will represent the first regular meeting between the two since that 2007 game, in which Colombo leg-whipped Harris resulting in the injury.
"Honestly, I don't think about that at all," Harris said, per the Chicago Tribune. "He apologized to me after the game. He beat me to my car in the parking lot. There's no bad blood."
Harris views the injury, and the illegal play that precipitated it, as standard operating procedure in the NFL, more or less. Colombo was fined $12,500 for the incident, and Harris had to undergo at least two surgical procedures on the knee before returning to the field. Now, it’s Colombo struggling to return, after missing Dallas’ season opener, much to the team’s detriment.
"That man is trying to feed his family, just the same way I am," Harris said. "I don't take that junk personally. ...All those boys out there play dirty. That's what they have to do to stop me."
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