Conte (hamstring) won't return vs. Cards

December, 23, 2012
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago Bears' depth at safety took another hit when starting free safety Chris Conte suffered a hamstring injury that knocked him out for the second half against the Arizona Cardinals.

Conte hurt the hamstring late in the second quarter when he got tangled up with Arizona tight end Rob Housler on a short fade right in the corner of the end zone. The pass was ruled incomplete but Conte remained on the sideline for the Bears' final defensive series of the half and later ruled out for the rest of the game.

Second-year player Anthony Walters replaced Conte at free safety.

The Bears lost reserve safety Craig Steltz two weeks ago when he tore a pectoral tendon that required surgery to repair. Steltz was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 11.

Conte started all 15 games for the Bears this year despite dislocating his shoulder in the preseason.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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