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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Chicago Bears announce inactives

By Michael C. Wright
ESPN.com

CLEVELAND -- The Chicago Bears announced their list of inactives for Sunday’s game at Cleveland with no surprises as linebacker Lance Briggs was ruled out earlier in the week due to a fracture in his left shoulder.

Bears inactives included quarterback Jordan Palmer, safety Sean Cattouse, defensive tackle Christian Tupou, offensive lineman James Brown, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott and defensive end Cornelius Washington.

The Browns listed running back Willis McGahee among their inactives due to a concussion suffered last week against the New England Patriots. Chris Ogbonnaya fills in for McGahee, and the lineup change might help Chicago’s struggling rush defense, which currently ranks last in the NFL, surrendering 157 yards per game.

Other Browns inactives included quarterback Alex Tanney, offensive linemen Martin Wallace and Reid Fragel, in addition to tight ends Keavon Milton and Andre Smith.

Bears coach Marc Trestman expressed optimism about the prospect of Briggs returning to the starting lineup for the club’s Dec. 22 matchup at Philadelphia. Briggs hasn’t played in eight weeks since suffering the shoulder injury Oct. 20 at Washington. The original timetable for recovery was four to six weeks, and while Briggs hasn’t suffered any setbacks, the bone simply hasn’t healed as fast as the doctors expected.