Sunday, December 18, 2011
Three Bears QBs active Sunday
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- In addition to the absence of starting quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte, the Bears faced the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's 38-14 loss without the services of two more starters in safety Major Wright and defensive tackle Henry Melton.
The club named Wright (shoulder) and Melton (shin) to its list of game-day inactives along with offensive lineman Levi Horn and rookie tight end Andre Smith.
The team's inactive list consisted of just six players because the Bears are playing with a 52-man roster after the recent release of receiver Sam Hurd, who was arrested Wednesday night on federal drug charges.
Veteran Craig Steltz started his second consecutive game in place of Wright, and Amobi Okoye filled in for Melton.
Interestingly, the Bears decided to make all three quarterbacks -- Caleb Hanie, Nathan Enderle, and Josh McCown -- active for Sunday's contest, which means the team likely won't be hesitant to make a change at the position if Hanie struggles.
Signed three weeks ago as the primary backup to Hanie, McCown was active for the first time in his tenure as a Bear last week when the team faced the Denver Broncos.
McCown was signed by the Bears because of his familiarity with the scheme employed by offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
McCown's working knowledge of Martz's system could be called upon Sunday if Hanie is ineffective against a Seahawks defense that ranks 10th in points allowed.
The Seahawks' list of inactives included quarterback Josh Portis, safety Jeron Johnson, linebacker Adrian Moten, guard Paul Fanaika, offensive tackle Jarriel King, receiver Ricardo Lockette and defensive tackle Pep Levingston.
Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.