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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Chris Harris released by Bears, after earlier requesting a trade


Chris Harris, during training camp. (Nam Y. Huh / AP)
Safety Chris Harris, who a little over a week ago wanted to be traded, instead was released by the Chicago Bears on Thursday morning.

Harris, who started in the Bears’ victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday in London, tweeted the news (and now needs a new avatar):

Harris hopes to sign with another team, and told “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago that, “I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason,” Harris said.

“I'm going to keep moving on. There's nothing that can happen to me that can get my spirits down.”

Harris, 29, hurt his hamstring in the season opener against Atlanta and missed the next three games. Against Detroit on Oct. 16, he was beaten by Calvin Johnson on a 73-yard touchdown pass. After that, he was benched, then requested permission to seek a trade. The Bears agreed to the request, but the deadline passed with no movement.

“They made changes at the positions they felt they could make changes at,” Harris said. “You can't make changes at every single position on the team. It's just not possible due to depth and things of that nature. I'll kind of leave that one at that. Safety was one of the positions we had depth at and that was a position they felt they wanted to change.”

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