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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Roy Williams out vs. Saints

By Michael C. Wright
ESPNChicago.com

NEW ORLEANS -- The Bears released their list of inactives for Sunday's 30-13 loss against the New Orleans Saints, and as expected, starting safety Chris Harris, receiver Roy Williams, and right guard Lance Louis didn't participate with their teammates.

Other inactives included rookie quarterback Nathan Enderle, backup running back Marion Barber, rookie defensive tackle Stephen Paea and second-year defensive end Corey Wootton.

Third-year veteran Johnny Knox assumed Williams' repetitions at the "X" receiver. Chris Spencer subbed in for Louis at right guard. New acquisition Brandon Meriweather took Harris' place in the starting lineup, while Kahlil Bell stepped up in Barber's place as the primary backup at running back to starter Matt Forte.

Williams, who assumed the starting job over Knox during training camp, strained his groin muscle in the fourth quarter of the club's 30-12 win over Atlanta on a 13-yard reception near the sideline. Spencer played the majority of last week's contest after Louis sprained his right ankle.

Meriweather, meanwhile, signed with the Bears just a day after he was released by the New England Patriots, and the club immediately put the two-time Pro Bowler through a crash course in coach Lovie Smith's Tampa-2 scheme in an attempt to get the safety ready to contribute.

The Saints, meanwhile, declared cornerback Tracy Porter inactive for Sunday's game.

Porter missed several practices during the past week because of a sore right calf and had been listed as questionable.

However, receiver Lance Moore, who missed the Saints' regular season opener with a strained right groin, and safety Roman Harper, who was limited by a sore right ankle, were active.

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