Cornerback Vasher returns to Bears' starting lineup

Updated: December 17, 2007, 8:03 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The Chicago Bears put cornerback Nathan Vasher back in the starting lineup for Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Vasher has missed the last 10 games with a groin injury. He was on the active list for the banged-up Bears defense that has not been at full strength all season. Chicago also deactivated nose tackle Darwin Walker, who has been bothered this week by an elbow injury.

The Vikings, who came out for warmups wearing purple pants with their home purple jerseys for the first time, put wide receiver Troy Williamson on the inactive list.

Williamson has been cleared to play following a concussion sustained in the Nov. 25 game against the New York Giants, but the former seventh overall draft pick has fallen to the bottom of the depth chart behind rookie Aundrae Allison. Allison has emerged as Minnesota's lead kickoff returner.

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