NFL Nation: Inactives

Chicago Bears announce inactives

December, 15, 2013
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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.

Bears release list of inactives

December, 9, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears announced their list of inactives for Monday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, and as expected the team will be without quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs.

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Other Bears inactives included safety Sean Cattouse, defensive tackle Christian Tupou, offensie lineman James Brown, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott and rookie defensive end Cornelius Bennett.

The timetable for return for Cutler and Briggs remains uncertain. Cutler returned to the practice field last week, and took part in workouts on Thursday and Friday before the club held him out of Saturday’s session to rest him. Bears coach Marc Trestman said the quarterback didn’t suffer a setback that led to the club holding him out.

But Trestman also declined to give a definitive timeline for Cutler’s return. Cutler has missed the team’s last three games due to a high ankle sprain, while Briggs has missed five consecutive contests because of a fracture in his left shoulder. Trestman said that Cutler will be evaluated prior to Monday night’s game by team doctors, but the team won’t make a decision on how to proceed with the quarterback until Tuesday.

Briggs, meanwhile, was originally expected to miss four-to-six weeks with his injury. But the matchup against the Cowboys will mark the seventh week Briggs has been out of action.

McClellin inactive again for Bears

November, 17, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears released their list of inactives in advance of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, and defensive end Shea McClellin will miss his second-consecutive game due to a pulled hamstring.

Other Bears inactives include quarterback Jay Cutler, linebacker Lance Briggs, long snapper Patrick Mannelly, offensive lineman James Brown, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff.

Ravens inactives include defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, receiver Marlon Brown, safety Omar Brown, running back Bernard Scott, receiver Brandon Stokley, offensive lineman Ryan Jensen and linebacker John Simon.

McClellin out, Cutler looks healthy

November, 10, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears announced their list of inactives Sunday for their matchup against the Detroit Lions, and as expected defensive end Shea McClellin won’t be in the lineup.

In other injury updates, starting quarterback Jay Cutler warmed up on the field prior to the start of Sunday’s game, and appeared to be fully healthy as he took part in several drop-back passes coming off tearing a groin muscle during the Oct. 20 loss at Washington. Cutler displayed full mobility during his drops, which is a positive for the Bears considering they face an active Lions defensive front anchored by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The Lions racked up five sacks the last time these teams met at Soldier Field during a 13-7 Chicago victory.

As for McClellin, the second-year defensive end strained a hamstring during a workout Thursday inside the Walter Payton Center, and was listed as doubtful on the injury report on Friday. Rookie David Bass will start in McClellin’s place.

Other Bears inactives included quarterback Jordan Palmer, linebacker Lance Briggs, offensive lineman James Brown and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott.

Lions inactives included receiver Nate Burleson, quarterback Kellen Moore, running back Mikel Leshoure, cornerback Bill Bentley, guard Leroy Harris, offensive tackle Corey Hilliard and defensive end Ziggy Ansah.

Tillman, Paea to face Redskins

October, 20, 2013
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LANDOVER, Md. -- Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) and defensive tackle Stephen Paea (toe) will be active for Sunday’s matchup against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

The team released its list of inactives for the game with neither of the starters on it. Both missed the team’s Oct. 10 victory over the New York Giants due to injuries.

Chicago’s inactives include cornerback C.J. Wilson, running back Michael Ford, defensive tackle Christian Tupou, offensive lineman James Brown, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, tight end Steve Maneri and defensive end Cornelius Washington.

Linebacker Jerry Franklin is among the team’s actives and will fill in for Jon Bostic on special teams. Bostic makes his regular-season debut as a starter at middle linebacker for the Bears, replacing veteran D.J. Williams, who was placed on the injured reserve earlier in the week. The club promoted Franklin on Friday to the active roster off the practice squad.

Washington’s inactives include quarterback Rex Grossman, safety Bacarri Rambo, running back Chris Thompson, linebacker Brandon Jenkins, guard Josh LeRibeus, tight end Fred Davis and nose tackle Chris Neild.

Logan Paulsen is expected to start at tight end in place of Fred Davis while Leonard Hankerson will start at receiver in place of Joshua Morgan.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears released their list of inactives for Sunday’s game, and defensive tackle Stephen Paea won’t play against the New Orleans Saints due to a turf-toe injury.

Paea originally sustained the injury in the second half of the club’s loss last week to the Detroit Lions, and after the game, the defensive tackle called the injury “minor” despite the team forcing him to wear a walking boot on his left foot. The team held out Paea for the entire week of practice heading into Sunday’s game and listed him on the injury report as questionable.

With Paea out of action, the Bears plan to start Nate Collins and Landon Cohen at defensive tackle with undrafted rookie Zach Minter also playing a role in the rotation. The club will also likely play starting defensive end Corey Wootton inside at tackle against the Saints, along with defensive end David Bass.

Coincidentally, the Bears face a New Orleans rush offense that ranks No. 25, which might lessen the blow of the club playing without Paea. But given that the Saints rank second in passing offense, and quarterback Drew Brees is coming off his ninth-consecutive 300-yard passing game, the absence of Paea might turn out to be a crushing blow to Chicago’s pass rush.

Other Bears inactives include cornerback C.J. Wilson, safety Anthony Walters (hamstring), guard James Brown, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, tight end Steve Maneri, and defensive end Cornelius Washington.

Saints inactives are receiver Lance Moore, running back Mark Ingram, safety Roman Harper, defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, defensive lieman Tyrunn Walker, cornerback Rod Sweeting and offensive tackle Terron Armstead.

Tillman to play against Lions

September, 29, 2013
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DETROIT -- The Chicago Bears released their list of inactives for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, and as expected, cornerback Charles Tillman wasn’t on it, which means he’ll try to play despite nagging knee and groin injuries.

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Tillman practice missed time in the week leading up to the team’s 40-23 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 22, and also sat out of two workout sessions on Wednesday and Thursday heading into the matchup against the Lions.

Other inactives include receivers Marquess Wilson and Joe Anderson, cornerback Sherrick McManis (quadriceps), offensive tackles James Brown and Jonathan Scott, defensive end David Bass and defensive tackle Zach Minter, who was expected to take on a more significant role with the team placing starting defensive tackle Henry Melton recently on the injured reserve.

Provided Tillman can play effectively, the Bears should benefit from the cornerback’s presence. In the past six meetings between these teams, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has produced only one 100-yard outing against the Bears (Oct. 10, 2011), while scoring just two touchdowns with Tillman as the primary defender covering him.

Johnson averages 4.5 receptions per game against the Bears since 2010 for an average of 71.3 yards. Tillman, meanwhile, has racked up 37 tackles, broken up eight passes and intercepted two in addition to forcing two fumbles in his last six games against the LIons.

With Tillman banged up, how long he’ll be able to play comes into the equation, and more importantly, whether he can be effective enough to slow down Johnson.

Bears announce list of inactives

September, 22, 2013
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PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Bears announced their Week3 list of inactives going into Sunday night’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

The list includes receiver Marquess Wilson, cornerback C.J. Wilson, running back Michael Ford, guard James Brown, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, defensive end David Bass and defensive tackle Zach Minter.

So no surprises on this list. In fact, the list of inactives is identical to the one the club released last week prior to its win against the Minnesota Vikings.

Pittsburgh’s inactives include quarterback Landry Jones, receiver Derek Moye, running back Le'Veon Bell, cornerbacks Cortez Allen and Isaiah Green, center Cody Wallace and defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo.

The Steelers also announced that Felix Jones will start at running back in place of Isaac Redman. Fernando Velasco will start at guard in place of Kelvin Beachum. Jarvis Jones gets the start at right outside linebacker, and William Gay will start at cornerback in place of Allen.

Bears release game day inactives

September, 8, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears released their list of inactives in advance of Sunday’s season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, with no surprises.

The list of inactives includes receiver Marquess Wilson, cornerback C.J. Wilson, running back Michael Ford, offensive tackle James Brown, tight end Dante Rosario, defensive end David Bass and defensive tackle Zach Minter.

While there were no surprises on the list, Wilson and Ford showed enough during the preseason to build up some anticipation regarding their respective NFL debuts. Wilson likely didn’t make the active list because of his inability to contribute on special teams. Ford can contribute on special teams, but he likely wasn’t needed with the Bears already set at the position with Matt Forte and Michael Bush.

It’s unlikely the Bears will get down to their third running back, and if that did happen, it’s likely the club would just go heavy on receivers, considering it activated five for the matchup against the Bengals.

Cincinnati’s inactives included receivers Dane Sanzenbacher and Ryan Whalen, cornerback Brandon Ghee, running back Rex Burkhead, guard Mike Pollak, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and defensive end Margus Hunt.

Anthony Collins will start in Whitworth’s place for the Bengals at left tackle.

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