D.J. Moore, Matt Toeaina inactive

Updated: November 20, 2011, 9:50 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- As expected, the Chicago Bears named starting nickel corner D.J. Moore to the list of inactives for Sunday's 31-20 win against the San Diego Chargers, in addition to starting nose tackle Matt Toeaina.

Moore rolled an ankle near the end of practice on Wednesday, and missed the final two days of preparation and Toeaina, meanwhile, returned from a knee injury on Nov. 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but has been inactive for the club's last two outings.

Veteran Anthony Adams started in Toeaina's place, and Corey Graham, a fifth-year veteran, took over for Moore. Adams started in place of Toeaina against the Detroit Lions last week, and contributed two quarterback pressures.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said on Friday that Moore's ankle hadn't "responded the way we wanted."

But Graham expressed confidence about his ability to fill in for Moore without the club missing a beat.

"I've been looking forward to [starting] for a long time," Graham said. "I'm very excited about it."

Other inactives for the Bears include quarterback Nathan Enderle, tight end Andre Smith, defensive end Chancey Davis, linebacker Jabara Williams and offensive lineman Ricky Henry, who was elevated earlier in the week from the practice squad to the active roster.

In somewhat of a surprise move, the team didn't list defensive end Corey Wootton among the inactives. A second-year player from Northwestern, Wootton had been inactive for eight of the team's nine games in part because of knee and hand injuries.

Wootton had one tackle in his first game action since the team's Oct. 2 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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