Sean Harris calls it quits

Players and coaches were surprised to hear that linebacker Sean Harris left Platteville and has retired. Harris, 29, has been with the Bears for seven seasons and was expected to challenge for the weakside linebacker job.

"When you talk to any player that thinks he's at the end they'll talk about not being able to play forever," head coach Dick Jauron said. "He has some things that bothered him physically."

Harris has started at all three linebacker positions since joining the team in 1995. His versatility is what made him valuable to the team. Jauron said he was surprised when Harris approached him late Thursday night about it.

"I told him we'd talk again in the morning and he was in the same frame of mind," Jauron said. "He felt like this was the end and he didn't have the desire to go on any further." During his time with the team Harris played in 82 games (38 starts) and compiled 322 tackles (212 solo), two sacks and two interceptions.

At this point the Bears are not planning on bringing anyone to fill Harris spot, but the Jauron said he did think there would be some players available in the next couple of weeks.

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