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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Bears safety Wright among inactives

By Michael C. Wright
ESPN.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago's already depleted run defense took another hit Sunday when the Bears listed safety Major Wright among their inactives for Sunday’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Wright pulled a hamstring during a workout Friday inside the Walter Payton Center and the team listed him as questionable going into the contest. At the time, head coach Marc Trestman said, “It wasn’t a major pull,” and added that “We probably won’t know until game time where he’s at there.”

Wright participated in pregame workouts with director of rehabilitation Bobby Slater and head athletic trainer Chris Hanks to gauge the safety’s ability to contribute against the Vikings before the staff made the decision to make him inactive. The hamstring injury forces Wright to miss his first game since December 2011, and breaks a string of 29 consecutive starts.

With Anthony Walters out due to a groin injury, veteran Craig Steltz takes Wright’s place in the lineup. Coincidentally, Steltz made his last start against the Vikings at the Metrodome in 2011.

“Craig has been around. He knows the position. He knows his assignments,” Trestman said. “He’s not a guy who’s going to make a lot of mistakes.”

Other Bears inactives included quarterback Jay Cutler, linebacker Lance Briggs, offensive linemen James Brown and Jonathan Scott and defensive end Cornelius Washington.