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Bears put Nathan Enderle on inactive list

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears named rookie Nathan Enderle to the list of inactives for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, meaning new acquisition Josh McCown served as the primary backup for Caleb Hanie.

Despite signing McCown two weeks ago to back up Hanie, the Bears named him to the inactive list for the loss to the Chiefs, leaving Enderle as the only other quarterback on the active game-day roster.

Although familiar with the system employed by Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, McCown still struggled throughout the team's practices early on, which was to be expected, considering the quarterback hasn't played in the NFL since 2009. Bears coach Lovie Smith admitted as much, but apparently the club has gained enough confidence in McCown to make him the No. 2 quarterback.

Other Bears inactives included quarterback Jay Cutler, running back Matt Forte, safety Major Wright, guard Ricky Henry, tight end Andre Smith and defensive tackle Anthony Adams.

Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said the team has closely monitored the recoveries of Forte and Cutler. Angelo holds out hope that both will be able to play before the end of the regular season.

"I'm not ruling it out," Angelo said of Cutler. "The surgery went well, rehab's going well, and those injuries you just have to be patient. Everybody heals a little different. He's a thrower so you have to be a little more sensitive based on his position but I wouldn't rule anything out."

As for Forte, Angelo said the team will know about his situation next week.

"Right now he's feeling good, the rehab's going well," Angelo said. "But we haven't really set a definite timetable."

Adams, meanwhile, started eight games earlier this season, but is on the team's inactive list for the third consecutive week.

Also, the Broncos were without wide receiver Eddie Royal.

Royal was hurt last weekend in a win over Minnesota when he collided with a teammate on a punt return. He has 18 catches for 153 yards this season.

The Broncos had leading rusher Willis McGahee (knee) in the backfield. Rookie linebacker Von Miller (right thumb) also played.

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