Marion Barber active for Bears

Updated: October 2, 2011, 7:09 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears released their list of inactives for Sunday's 34-29 win against the Carolina Panthers, and the most surprising aspect of the list was the fact backup running back Marion Barber wasn't on it.

Barber hadn't played since suffering a calf injury in an Aug. 27 preseason outing against the Tennessee Titans, but the running back was available against the Panthers.

Barber had five carries for 17 yards and one touchdown.

The list of inactives included quarterback Nathan Enderle, safety Chris Harris (hamstring), right tackle Gabe Carimi (right kneecap), receiver Earl Bennett (torso), tight end Matt Spaeth (calf), defensive tackle Stephen Paea and defensive end Mario Addison.

Harris could miss multiple games, according to a source familiar with the situation. Harris suffered a setback at Wednesday's practice, but the veteran insisted that the latest injury isn't more significant than the initial injury he sustained in the opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

As expected, Brandon Meriweather started at free safety, and Major Wright, who is returning from a head injury, started at strong safety. Receiver Johnny Knox started in place of Roy Williams for the second consecutive game.

The Panthers were without cornerback Chris Gamble (concussion). Darius Butler started in his place.

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Michael C. Wright

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