Monday, October 22, 2012
McManis, Toeaina among Bears' inactives
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears released their pre-game list of inactives for Monday night's showdown against the Detroit Lions with no surprises.
Declared out earlier in the week because of a fracture in his hand, rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery was the most notable of the group that included defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, cornerback Sherrick McManis (hip), offensive lineman Edwin Williams, tight end Brody Eldridge, defensive tackle Nate Collins and defensive end Cheta Ozougwu.
The team's leading tackler on special teams, McManis practiced in a limited capacity all week but apparently didn't recover sufficiently enough for the Bears to feel comfortable with putting him out on the field.
Toeaina, meanwhile, made the team's active roster during an Oct. 7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars for the first time since Week 1, but it's likely he was activated because of his run-stopping prowess with the Bears expected to receive a heavy dose of Maurice Jones-Drew. Apparently the rushing attack of the Lions doesn't pose the same threat to the Bears.
Inactives for the Lions include quarterback Kellen Moore, cornerbacks Jacob Lacey and Bill Bentley, and running back Kevin Smith, in addition to offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard and defensive end Ronnell Lewis.
Detroit announced that second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley will make his second consecutive start in place of Corey Williams, who missed practice on Saturday, but is among the team's actives. Rookie Jonte Green will start in place of Jacob Lacey, who continues to recover from a concussion.