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Bears NB D.J. Moore had a feeling he'd be inactive

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dj.jpgBears nickelback D.J. Moore's slide down the depth chart hit rock bottom for "Monday Night Football." Moore, one of the Bears' more personable players, was a healthy scratch against the San Francisco 49ers.

Moore said he learned about being inactive on Monday morning, but that he felt it was coming.

''I was only on one special-team [unit],'' Moore said. ''And I didn't play last week . . . and [San Francisco] is more of a running team, too.''

Moore was active against the Houston Texans but didn't play. Veteran Kelvin Hayden continues to see more time at nickelback.

''From what [coach Lovie Smith] told me, it was performance-related,'' Moore said. ''I don't know. Whatever they tell me to do, I'll do, and go to work every day, try as hard I can and hopefully get back out there soon.''

Moore has proven to be a playmaker in his four years. He has two interceptions this season and 10 in his career, including one he returned 54 yards for a touchdown. He also has broken up five passes this season.

But the Bears face another run-heavy team in the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. It's very possible he could be on the outside looking in for the second week in a row.

So where does Moore go from here?

"I mean, I know I can play," Moore said. "What happens is whatever happens."

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There is no way he could have done worse than the secondary did Monday night. He has shown great talent in the past, and i think he should be available every game.

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