Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Will Bears Still Be Interested In WR Harrison?

Wide receiver Mark Harrison was expected to sign with the Chicago Bears but failed his physical exam as he is recovering from surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.
Harrison, an undrafted free agent from Rutgers, was unable to participate in the Bear's start to rookie camp several weeks ago at Halas Hall. He had expected to be in the mix with seventh-round draft pick Marquess Wilson in competition for a position at the bottom of the depth chart for the Bears.
Harrison was working out the day before the March 13th pro day at Rutgers when he took an awkward step and suffered a foot injury. X-rays revealed a small fracture in his fifth metatarsal and he underwent surgery to repair the break. It's an injury similar to one Hakeem Nicks was sidelined with most of last season.
This injury may have hampered Harrison's chances of being drafted, but he was a standout in his career at Rutgers. He impressed at the NFL Scouting Combine in February when he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.46 seconds, a great time for someone who is 6-foot-3, 231 pounds. He put up a vertical jump of 38 1/2 inches, a broad jump of 10-9, and posted 17 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds.
But this doesn't necessarily mean the end for Harrison. He had a breakout sophomore year in 2010 when he made 44 receptions for 829 yards with nine touchdowns. However, in his final two seasons, he had just 58 catches for 857 yards. At the end of last season against Louisville and Cincinnati Harrison had 100-yard games.
We'll see how his foot recovers from surgery. He has the potential to be a great WR for the Bears, but it's all about how he rehabilitates and recuperates.
Reference: Chicago Tribune.
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