Saints' Horn, Stoutmire inactive for game vs. Bears

Updated: January 21, 2007, 2:42 PM ET
Associated Press

Joe Horn

CHICAGO -- Four-time Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn did not dress for the New Orleans Saints as they took on the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game Sunday.

It was the sixth straight game missed by Horn, who has not played since partially tearing his groin on a first-quarter catch during the Saints' victory over San Francisco on Dec. 3.

Horn, who turned 35 on Tuesday, had 37 catches for 679 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season.

He took part in at least a portion of every practice during the past week, but usually sat out 11-on-11 drills. Saints coach Sean Payton has established a pattern of not allowing players to dress for games if they could not participate in a complete practice in the same week.

Also out for New Orleans was veteran safety Omar Stoutmire, who had become a starter during the first half of the season because of an injury to rookie Roman Harper. Veteran Jay Bellamy started in his place, while Terrance Copper started for Horn.

For the Bears, receiver Mark Bradley, who left last week's game against Seattle with an ankle injury, was among several reserves who did not dress for the game.

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