The Bears Den: October 28, 2011

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"...where we like our options, even if we have fewer of them."

Forte playing a dangerous game Haugh: One bad injury away from losing gamble.

Smith’s ‘gut feeling’ leads to release of former All-Pro Harris Jensen: Smith said the decision to cut Harris was anything but hastily made.

Bye-week grades: Defense struggling Moon: A rough stretch to begin the season sent the grades well below the bar, but back-to-back strong games against the Vikes and Bucs have things looking upward. Latest Bears video

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Q&A: Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag The Trib's Bears columnist answers questions about Jay Cutler's leadership, Matt Forte's contract and Mike Martz's future in his weekly mailbag.

Conte dismisses pressure Potash: Harris’ release puts even more of a focus on the third-round draft pick from California whose ­ascension to the starting free safety spot made Harris expendable in the eyes of the Bears’ coaches.

Gabriel: Harris Release No Shock WSCR: The release of Chris Harris from the Bears wasn't exactly a shock to one NFL insider. Hillenmeyer Takes Shot At Angelo

Bears go into break with some momentum Seligman: Just like last year, they're 4-3 at their break; only they're rolling, not stumbling, into it. DJ Moore Says Bad Blood Led to Harris Cut

Bears hit bye week with momentum PFT's Gregg Rosenthal checks in with the Bears as they hit their bye week.

Another front-office folly Greenberg: Bears management did little to endear itself to its players by cutting Harris.

By the bye: Bears Kevin Seifert reviews the Bears at their bye.

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