That means defensive end Damontre Moore, who was listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, is active, as are defensive tackle Linval Joseph and tight end Brandon Myers, who were questionable. It remains to be seen how much those players will play, since the team has to have 46 active players and a week on which so many guys are injured may require a team to keep some active who aren't fully healthy.
The Giants also announced changes to the starting lineup. Newly acquired linebacker Jon Beason, who came over in a trade with the Carolina Panthers six days ago, is the starting middle linebacker. And veteran Terrell Thomas is starting at outside cornerback in place of the injured Corey Webster, which is an interesting decision for a number of reasons. Thomas didn't get a single defensive snap in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, and he said he though it was due to an effort to rest his surgically repaired knee for this game. Turns out he was right. The undersized Trumaine McBride got the start Sunday against the Eagles, but the bigger Thomas gets the nod tonight as the Giants look to match up against big, physical Bears receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
On the other side, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is inactive, which could help Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks win his physical matchups in the secondary.