The Chicago Bears won't have wide receiver Earl Bennett and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, among others, on Monday night as they face the Dallas Cowboys, but they will be able to take solace in the return of running back Matt Forte. The team just released its list of inactives for Monday's game, and while Forte isn't on it, Bennett and Toeiana are.
Bennett has been fairly quiet so far this season since the team acquired new receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but the Bears' offense hasn't really gotten going yet. In the first three games of 2012, Bennett caught just six passes for 82 yards, but he'll be sitting out on Monday with a hand injury.
Forte's return is big news for the Bears, as the team obviously looks better with one of its primary playmakers on the field. The running back has battled a lot of injuries over the past year, but he's active and playing on Monday after sitting out last week.
Linebacker Anthony Spencer is the primary absence for Dallas on Monday night as the former first round pick sits out with a strained pectoral muscle. Victor Butler is expected to start at outside linebacker in Spencer's place against the Bears.