The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran safety Chris Harris, the team announced Monday. The team released defensive back Kevin Rutland to make room for Harris on the 53-man roster.
Harris was signed to bolster the depth chart after Dwight Lowery suffered an ankle injury against the Chicago Bears in Week 5 and is expected to be out 2-3 weeks.
Harris was drafted in the sixth round by the Bears in 2005 out of Louisiana-Monroe. He started 13 games as a rookie and 20 overall for Chicago before being traded to the Carolina Panthers in 2007.
Harris, 30, played in 11 games with the Bears and Lions in 2011. He was a second-team All-NFL for his second stint in Chicago in 2010. He had 50 solo tackles in 16 games for the Bears that season.
Rutland, 23, made three tackles in three games for Jacksonville this season.
SB Nation's Big Cat Country expects second-year safety Chris Prosinski to start against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but also thinks Harris could see quite a bit of time on the field.