The Week five starting safety tandem of Chris Harris and Brandon Meriweather will be axed for a combination of young bloods: second-year man Major Wright and rookie Chris Conte.
Harris confirmed Thursday that both Wright and Conte will start against the Vikings on Sunday night at Soldier Field.
“It is what it is,” the injured Harris said of the benching. “Like a vet, like a professional, that’s how you deal with it. (Stuff) happens. Nothing that happens here surprises me.”
Wright and Conte earned first-team reps at strong and free safety, respectively, during Thursday’s practice session.
It is the club’s fifth different safety pairing in six games this season.
Simply put, Charles Tillman has the answer to the struggles at safety.
“Play harder, fix the mistakes, go back to fundamentals,” Tillman said. “And the most important part is to have fun.”
It would be quite thrilling to see Conte and Wright go out and have fun, and even do what “Peanut” does best – strip the football.
Clearly, an important part of football, and for the Bears defense – something they really haven’t had the privilege of doing since Week one.