Sunday, December 2, 2012
Bears inactives: Moore only surprise
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears released their list of inactives for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, with nickel corner D.J. Moore being the only surprise player of the group.
As expected, receivers Devin Hester (concussion) and Alshon Jeffery (knee) were listed among the inactives. The club declared them out earlier in the week.
Other Bears inactives include backup quarterback Josh McCown, guard Chris Spencer, defensive tackle Matt Toeaina and defensive end Cheta Ozougwu.
The matchup against the Seahawks marks the second time over the last three games the Bears made Moore a healthy scratch. According to Bears coach Lovie Smith, Moore’s inactivity has been performance related as the fourth-year veteran has been outplayed by Kelvin Hayden.
Moore is in the final year of his original rookie contract, which pays $1.26 million, and the corner’s lack of playing time could affect his value in free agency.
The move to the inactive list for Moore could be a result of the team’s need for healthy offensive linemen. During the Bears' win over the Minnesota Vikings, the club lost guards Lance Louis and Chris Spencer to injuries. When Louis went down with a knee injury, Gabe Carimi was the only remaining substitute on the active roster because the Bears listed James Brown among the inactives for that contest.
An undrafted rookie, Brown is on the active roster for Sunday’s game.
Inactives for the Seahawks include receiver Jermaine Kearse, cornerback Marcus Trufant, linebacker Leroy Hill, guard J.R. Sweezy, offensive tackle Mike Person, and defensive tackle Jaye Howard.