published Monday, September 5th, 2011

Harr again playing NFL waiting game

Chris Harr celebrated his 22nd birthday in Chattanooga on Sunday. He’d have rather been in Kansas City.

The former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga all-conference left tackle was cut by the Chiefs on Friday night, shortly before Saturday’s deadline for all NFL teams to trim their rosters to the 53-man limit. He was one of three Chiefs offensive linemen let go over the weekend.

An undrafted free agent signee, Harr said he was disappointed to be waived — but the training camp experience was a very positive one.

“I definitely feel like I started making strides near the end there, which is is why [getting cut] maybe came as a little bit of a surprise,” Harr said Sunday. “I got better, had a great time, it was a great opportunity and if I want to go coach, I learned a lot.

“I learned a lot there.”

Unlike former Mocs teammate Buster Skrine, who was drafted, made the Browns’ roster and is No. 2 on the depth chart at left cornerback, Harr’s future is up in the air. The situation was the same during the recent lockout when teams couldn’t sign undrafted players.

Harr said he has no immediate plans, other than to hope that his phone will ring, even if it’s just an offer to join a club’s practice squad. He said the Chiefs informed him that it was unlikely that they would have room for him on their practice squad.

If nothing happens by the end of 2011, Harr said he will return to UTC for spring semester and graduate in May. Time is on Harr’s side now, and he said he was willing to keep in shape and keep his dream alive for a while longer.

“I think this year and maybe next year,” he said, “but past that, after two years, that’ll be about it. I can’t wait forever.”

While Skrine got to stay in Cleveland, former Baylor and Tennessee State linebacker Sidney Tarver was in the last group cut by the Browns.

Jackson to miss JSU

Mocs running back J.J. Jackson suffered a high ankle sprain in UTC’s 40-7 loss to Nebraska on Saturday and will not play this week when UTC hosts Jacksonville State, Mocs coach Russ Huesman said.

Jackson had 15 yards on five carries in the first half before he left the game. Huesman said Jackson will have more tests today to determine the extent of the injury.

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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